Doctor’s doubly delicious fundraiser

Philip McCrea has taken his passion for food to new heights to support our work. 

Back to all stories | Posted on 13 Feb 2019 in News

Doctor and trained chef Philip McCrea has taken his passion for food to new heights to support our work. 

Philip regularly trades in his day job to don chef’s whites and host private dinner parties in aid of Mary’s Meals. Guests pay for the ingredients only, with Philip sharing the story of Mary’s Meals and encouraging donations. 

His efforts have so far raised thousands of pounds for Mary’s Meals – enough to feed an entire school in Zambia with a daily life-changing meal for a whole school year.

Philip’s efforts are doubly delicious as the donations he makes during the charity’s Double The Love campaign are being matched by the UK government, helping to transform the lives of more hungry children in Zambia.

Philip, 60, trained as a chef during a sabbatical and opened Corin, his dream restaurant in Bangor, Northern Ireland. After moving on from his restaurant, Philip now works as Chief Medical Officer for Birmingham-based not for profit company, BHSF Occupational Health, spending his time between his Belfast home in Northern Ireland and Birmingham.

Philip came up with the idea for hosting dinner parties after looking for an outlet to channel his passion for food and wine.

He explained: “I have always wanted to give something back to society, and this felt like the natural option after a change in my day job meant I had to leave the restaurant I opened in Bangor.

“By treating diners to a fine dining experience, they get to have restaurant quality food in their own home whilst also supporting such a worthy cause. I design a menu to suit the guests – shop, prep, cook the food, serve it, wash up and go home. All the diners have to do is sit back and enjoy the experience.

“I love that I can combine my devotion to food and help Mary’s Meals give children around the world a good meal at school.”

Philip’s employer, BHSF Occupational Health, have also offered to match pound for pound everything he raises. With donations made at his dinner parties, Philip is sponsoring Chisomo School in Zambia, where 361 children receive Mary’s Meals every school day.

Mary’s Meals has been working in Zambia since 2014 and is now reaching more than 119,315 children in Zambia every school day. The country has high rates of malnutrition, poverty and food insecurity, with more than 360,000 primary school age children out of education.

By providing one good meal every day in school, Mary’s Meals brings hungry children to the classroom and makes it possible for them to attend school regularly, so they can gain an all-important education and look with hope towards a brighter future.