ASK Italian Grand Tour raises over £200,000

This Autumn ASK Italian took on their most ambitious project to date, as they head towards their target of raising £1,000,000 over the next three years for the hospital's new Surgery Centre.

In an incredible 22 days of activity, the ASK Italian Grand Tour visited every ASK Italian restaurant in the UK, covering over 2,500 miles by bike, on foot and from behind the wheel. Around 400 team members got involved in two 600 mile bike-rides, two day-long walks and even a triathlon!

The tour got underway back on 5 September with a star-studded launch party, hosted by Daybreak presenter Dan Lobb, with McFly, top Italian chef Theo Randall, and ex-England rugby star Lawrence Dallaglio also in attendance. An amazing £42,000 was raised on the night through an auction and raffle, ensuring the tour got off to a flying start.

During the tour a number of restaurants were joined by some very special guests - local families who have benefited from the world-class care provided at Great Ormond Street Hospital. 

Alice and Polly in Oxford - Ask Italian Grand Tour
GOSH patient Alice, and sister Polly, accept a cheque from ASK Italian Oxford

They came along to meet participants and as guests of honour they were thrilled to be presented by a giant cheque, representing the funds raised by each restaurant during the summer.

The final day of the tour involved a 16 mile walk through London, ending at a reception at the hospital, where some of our special patients joined the walkers to celebrate their amazing achievement.

The ASK Italian Grand Tour was officially brought to a close at a celebration finale party in October attended by Jilly Hale, Head of Nursing at Great Ormond Street Hospital, who was delighted to collect a cheque for an amazing £208,675 raised during the event.

A huge thank you and congratulations to everyone at ASK Italian!

We’ve had a fantastic three weeks, and are incredibly proud of all those involved, from the support staff through to the cyclists, walkers and swimmers who have helped raise money for a worthwhile cause.

Steve Holmes, ASK Italian Managing Director