Sunday 1 March will mark the third year in a row that Bleecker Burger will donate all profits from its four restaurants to mental health charity Changing Horizons. The date marks what would have been the birthday of founder Zan Kaufman’s late brother Mark, who died in 2017.
As Zan Kaufman explains “My brother Mark worked his entire life in hospitality. From being a room-service runner to managing restaurants, it was what he liked to do and where he fitted in. He spent a summer at Bleecker too. Mark was charming and funny and had a talent for commanding the attention of a room.”
“Mark suffered from mental illness and addiction. In April 2017, he overdosed and passed away at 35 years of age. Hospitality accepted Mark when other fields wouldn’t. It allowed him to stay himself whilst still struggling with this disease. For this I am grateful. Mark’s birthday is March 1st. On this day, Bleecker will donate all of its profits to Changing Horizons to help support and build awareness around mental health and addiction.”
Founded by Stu Skinner, Changing Horizons provides training which enables people to look after their own and others’ mental health, helping individuals to spot the signs of mental health issues, provide initial help and guide them to support.
The funds raised on 1 March will be used to deliver as many two-day Mental Health First Aid training courses as possible to people working in the hospitality industry, including Bleecker staff. Skinner will kick off the day with a talk introducing the charity and its work at 11am at Bleecker Bloomberg Arcade, alongside a giveaway for the first 100 customers that day.
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