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Bleecker Burger to donate all profits on March 1st to mental health charity Changing Horizons

On Sunday 1st March, Bleecker Burger will be donating all profits from its four restaurants to mental health charity Changing Horizons. It will be the third year running that Bleecker has supported a charity in this way, on 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, a long-serving campaigner, consultant and instructor, Changing Horizons provides training which enables people to look after their own and others’ mental health through ‘Mental Health First Aid’ – spotting the signs of mental health issues, providing initial help, and guiding people towards support.
 
The funds raised on March 1st will be used to deliver as many two-day Mental Health First Aid training courses as possible to people working in hospitality, including Bleecker staff and street-food market KERB’s network of traders, to seed the training within the industry which Mark Kaufman loved.
 
Stu Skinner from Changing Horizons will give a talk introducing the charity and its work at 11am on March 1st at Bleecker Bloomberg Arcade. There will also be treats and giveaways for the first 100 customers at Bloomberg Arcade, kindly donated by friends of Bleecker.
 
Bleecker’s four restaurants, which are all participating, are in Spitalfields, Victoria, Bloomberg Arcade and Westfield London; addresses and opening hours can be found at bleecker.co.uk

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