Dieting deity Jeannette Jackson took a break from dishing out celebrity nutritional advice to appear as speaker at a children’s charity fundraiser.
As the small but lavish room overlooking Trinity Bridge began to fill, the champagne flowed and six bottles were quickly reduced to one.
The event, the second in a series of ‘Ladies Luncheons’, was aimed at raising money for Salford-based charity KidsCan.
Mrs Jackson, author of the Drop Zone Diet, recently became the first ever patron for KidsCan. She said: “KidsCan contacted me after seeing that I had designed some of the healthy eating menus for the Lowry Hotel and said they would love for me to come and do a presentation.
“I did my degree at Salford University so actually it is a double whammy for me because I really wanted to get involved with this charity.”
Mrs Jackson made a quick whistle-stop tour of each table greeting the guests and answering their questions as they enjoyed the very traditional selection of scones, sandwiches and cakes.
As soon as the last scone had been shamelessly devoured, Mrs Jackson’s afternoon-tea talk commenced following a brief introduction from KidsCan founder Professor Alan McGown.
Mrs Jackson, a former student of Professor McGown, explained to the audience how her background in BioChemistry has helped her to develop ways of using science to support nutrition and wellbeing.
Mrs Jackson has worked a lot within the corporate sphere though she is best known for her work as a celebrity nutritionist, having worked with former Steps singer Claire Richards.
Her talk was clearly inspiring to those in the audience as they regaled her with questions on ways to beat stress through a more balanced diet.
A raffle took place shortly after which saw delighted winners receive their prizes from Mrs Jackson. Professor McGown delivered a short speech thanking her for delivering such an inspiring talk and also to remind us all of why we were here.
KidsCan receives no actual government funding so these events are vital towards achieving the goal of improving cancer drugs for children.
Mrs Jackson said: “I think events like these are really important in helping to raise the profile of KidsCan.”
Professor McGown said: “Although cancer is much less common in children than it is in adults, we need to think of developing new strategies to improve the treatments so that children can have a full life.”
Satish Mehta, a retired GP and Community Chairman of the Rotary Club of Stockport Lamplighter stressed that the motives behind donating money to KidsCan were self evident.
“Children with cancer lose their naturally large appetites because of the cancer drugs they have to take. We support KidsCan because they’re aiming to develop new treatments that allow such poorly children to enjoy their food again.” he said
KidsCan’s next afternoon tea will see Apprentice star Ruth Badger come along to entertain guests at the final Ladies Luncheon on Friday 27 April.
Then on July 1, KidsCan aim to break a Guiness World Record to celebrate their 10th anniversary. The charity will attempt to perform the world’s largest Can Can dance.
For more information on how to donate to KidsCan and for information on future events please contact Holly Bond on 0161 295 3864 or email at holly@KidsCan.org.uk