Indigo Furniture Support 'Naked Chef' Jamie Oliver & His Annual Fundraising Event 'A Big Night Out With Jamie'

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Indigo Furniture have proudly supported, for the second year running, Jamie Oliver’s annual fundraising event ‘A Big Night Out With Jamie’. Taking place this year on the 9th November at Shoreditch Town Hall, the fundraising event is organised by the Jamie Oliver Foundation and the funds are used to support their groundbreaking programme ‘Fifteen’.

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With donations from Indigo Furniture and other brands, shops and organisations in the UK the auction on the night raised an impressive £135,000.

The Fifteen programme gives young people who are from disadvantaged backgrounds, with little or no education and not in full time employment, the chance to take part in a 12 month apprenticeship. This impressive scheme gives the young person the opportunity to train as a professional chef, giving them confidence, skills and a full time paying career. As well as attending college, the apprentices also have the opportunity to work in one of the prestigious Fifteen restaurants, in either London, Cornwall or Amsterdam, which are all open to the public and have fantastic reputations of serving high quality, well sourced culinary delights.

Indigo furniture, the UK’s leading wooden furniture designer and manufacturer, were contacted by Jamie’s team at the Jamie Oliver Foundation to donate to the annual fundraising event in 2011. Last year Indigo kindly donated a full herd of their unique and stylish Lazy Cow and Calf leather doorstops, and were delighted to once again be given the chance to support this fantastic cause. This year they donated a stylish piece from their new distinctive Riven Oak range, the Riven Oak Factory Cart and this has quickly become one of their most famous pieces.

Everyone at the Indigo Furniture base in the Peak District loves the work that Jamie and his charitable trust does and they definitely aren't the only people. Jamie was awarded with an MBE in 2003 in recognition of his work with disadvantaged youths, while the programme has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2002 receiving worldwide praise for the way it gives young adults the chance to build a career.

Although the restaurants make a profit all of it gets reinvested back into the programme which is why it is so important the charity runs the ‘Big Night Out With Jamie’ event every year to raise much needed funds which keep the programme going. With donations from Indigo Furniture and other brands, shops and organisations in the UK the auction on the night raised an impressive £135,000.

The event was also attended by other well known chefs and celebrities such as Blur front man turned chef Alex James, James Martin, the presenter of Saturday Kitchen and musician Jamie Cullum who not only provided entertainment but said about the event, “It’s a great endeavour set up by someone who is not only talented but knows how to use his talent for the greater good. I think hes a great guy and I’d do anything for him”.

Director of Indigo Furniture Tim Lowry also expressed the same sentiment, “We are all huge Jamie Oliver fans here at Indigo so we were over the moon to be asked again to help with such a worthwhile cause. The Fifteen apprenticeship is a fantastic programme and we just hope our donations raised as much as possible towards the overall amount on the night”.

The apprenticeship programme continues to go from strength to strength and Fifteen graduates are now running their own restaurants, appearing on television and working in kitchens around the globe from London to Sydney.

Even so fundraising events like the ‘Big Night Out With Jamie’ are essential for the charity to survive and to continue to provide disadvantaged youths with the chance to build careers and become professionals. Indigo Furniture have been proud to donate to this worthwhile cause for the second year running and can’t wait to work with the Jamie Oliver Foundation again in the future to support their fantastic programme.

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