ASK Italian launches Grand Tour for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity

ASK Italian is aiming to raise £250,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity through the ASK Italian Grand Tour.

The Grand Tour, which kicked off on 9 September in Aberdeen, will see supporters throughout the UK cycling, swimming and walking to raise funds, finishing with a sponsored walk to Great Ormond Street Hospital on 27 September.

Along the way, fundraisers will visit every ASK Italian restaurant in the UK to collect money raised locally through activities including hamper raffles and static cylce rides, which have been taking place in ASK Italian restaurants, town squares and train stations across the country.

The event is part of a long term partnership between ASK Italian and the charity, which aims to raise £1 million to help fund the dining rooms, play areas and kitchen within the hospital's new Surgery Centre, due to open in 2017.

Celebrities including McFly, Lawrence Dallaglio, Dan Lobb, Lee Dixon and chef Theo Randall lent their support at an Italian-themed launch event on 5 September, which got fundraising off to a flying start raising over £42,000.

Steve Holmes, Managing Director of ASK Italian, said: "The Grand Tour will offer our customers and the public the chance to get involved in something that will make a difference to so many children at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

"We hope the Grand Tour will capture the spirit of ASK Italian, raise a huge sum of money for a charity close to our hearts, celebrate our passion for real Italian food and culture and, of course, bring some fun along the way."

Find out more on the ASK Italian Grand Tour website.