Tom Aikens teams up with Credit Suisse staff for firewalk


Celebrity chef Tom Aikens joined forces with 32 Credit Suisse employees and braved walking across a six metre bed of hot burning embers to raise more than £8,250 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.

The firewalk took place on Thursday 17 October in Canary Wharf - home to both Credit Suisse and Tom Aikens' restaurant, Tom's Kitchen - and was part of a series of fundraising events the bank is running for its Peter Pan Month in aid of the charity.

Peter Pan Month has been inspired by JM Barrie's generous legacy to Great Ormond Street Hospital. Credit Suisse employees have also been taking part in activities including a Captain Hook themed dressing up day, a distance swim challenge, a bungee jump and cake sales.

Kate Thornton, Corporate Account Manager at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity, said: "We're really impressed with how Credit Suisse employees have embraced the Peter Pan-themed fundraising activities.

Tom Aikens Credit Suisse firewalk
Tom Aikens braves the firewalk

"The funds raised throughout our year-long partnership with Credit Suisse will help us continue to provide world class care to our very ill children and their families. 

"We'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has taken part, and to Tom's Kitchen for their generous support."

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity is Credit Suisse's UK Charity of the Year 2013. Employee-led fundraising has already exceeded £770,000 and will fund three en suite bedrooms and a treatment room in the respiratory ward, two automated immunoassay analyser machines (which help to detect complex conditions) and two members of the Play Team to help patients feel comfortable during their stay in hospital.

Throughout October Tom's Kitchen deli will be selling Vanilla and Raspberry fairycakes at £2.50 each, with 50p from each cupcake sold donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.