Joining existing supporters Dame Judi Dench and Sol Campbell, professional cricketer Freddie (Andrew) Flintoff tops the batting order of glittering celebrities getting behind an annual breakfast-themed fundraising campaign from Winston’s Wish, the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK.
Coming to the crease with Flintoff and sporting the charity’s branded apron, celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall shares his favourite ‘leftover classic’ breakfast of eggy bread – rather more substantial than his colleague Gino D’Campo’s modest 2 or 3 shots of espresso!
TV presenter and conservationist Bill Oddie favours a Greek inspired dish of yogurt with fresh fruit and crunchy muesli, whereas stand-up comedian and actor Alan Davies relishes ‘love it or hate it’ marmite on toast with scrambled eggs on top.
Radio comedy star Sandi Toksvig and legendary Olympic ski-er Eddie the Eagle Edwards’ breakfasts could not be more different. Sandi’s minimalist fat-free yogurt with apple and nuts exudes health and vitality in stark contrast to Eddie’s rather filling sausage and mash with beans, hash browns followed by porridge and toast.
These and many other celebrity supporters share their favourite Great British Brekkie recipes on the charity’s Youtube page.
The Great British Brekkie campaign, now in its fourth year, runs from the 8th to the 14th of February. Winston’s Wish is encouraging families, friends, work colleagues, school children and teachers to host a charity breakfast – whether that’s a traditional, robust bacon and egg bap or a more refined continental selection of croissants and jam – all to help raise vital funds to support bereaved children in the UK.
Fundraiser and Great British Brekkie Coordinator, Lucy French commented:
“We are now in our fourth year and it’s great to see the campaign continuing to grow. I’m always taken aback by the enthusiasm and the creativity of our breakfast hosts and volunteers. Every single penny raised will make a life-changing difference to bereaved children, young people and their families”.
Winston’s Wish supporter Julie is also very fond of the campaign:
“The Great British Brekkie is our favourite event. It brings our local community together and we always have lots of fun. Winston’s Wish is a charity close to our hearts as my four children lost their dad to suicide in January 2012. Since then we have been busy fundraising and have managed to raise over £2000.”
More about the Great British Brekkie
When does it take place?
From the 8th to the 14th of February
Where does it take place?
It can be anywhere – at home, work or school, in a village hall or a local pub. The possibilities are endless.
How can people take part and sign up?
It’s about inviting friends and sharing any sort of breakfast – that could be muesli, muffins or maple syrup pancakes. Fresh fruit, French toast and fried eggs go down well or perhaps some bacon, bagels, or baked beans. Sizzling sausages, scrambled eggs, or smoked salmon serve up well. All breakfast choices are welcome and all the money raised will help Winston’s Wish to support bereaved children and their families.
Potential breakfast hosts can visit the Great British Brekkie website www.greatbritishbrekkie.org.uk to view sample recipes, a gallery of supporters’ photos and videos, an interactive ‘brekkie’ map and to sign up online to host their own event. Alternatively, they can tweet @winstonswish using #greatbritishbrekkie