Foodies throw pizza dough at top of Mount Snowdon to raise money for cancer sufferers

PizzaExpress managers continue chain's multimillion fundraising effort for cancer charity

Monday 12 August 2019 20:10
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Pizza Express managers flared dough at the top of Snowdon to raise money for a cancer charity
Pizza Express managers flared dough at the top of Snowdon to raise money for a cancer charity

Pizza making has reached new heights after two restaurant managers flared dough at the top of Mount Snowdon.

Darren Gray and John Henderson-Smith have taken part in the five peaks challenge for charity, not once but twice.

Upon reaching the summit of Wales' highest mountain, the PizzaExpress foodies primed the pizza base to celebrate the chain’s £2m fundraising efforts for MacMillan Cancer Support.

Believed to be the highest ever performed, their throwing of the dough was captured on camera against the scenic backdrop.

As well as Snowdon, the five peaks include England’s Scaffel Pike, Scotland’s Ben Nevis, Northern Ireland’s Slieve Donard and Ireland’s Carrantouhill.

The trek took the pair six days – seeing them cover 66.8 miles and reach altitudes of 4,953 metres. They hope to raise upwards of £10,000.

Darren Gray, who manages the Gretna Gateway store at PizzaExpress, said: "I lost my dad, uncle and grandpa to cancer all within six months, which was devastating for the entire family.

"Macmillan and its team were amazing during this time, so raising money for such vital charity means so much to me on a personal level and doing so in such beautiful surroundings makes it even more poignant.

"I’m so proud to play a role in this £2m milestone celebration for PizzaExpress."

John Henderson-Smith, manager of the PizzaExpress store in Glasgow Byres Road, said: “I feel so fortunate to have completed the 10 peaks challenge.

"It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done but it’s nothing compared to what cancer sufferers and their families go through.

"To have been involved in this and to have shared it with Darren is something I’ll never forget.”

Sally Hill, partnerships manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “We’re extremely grateful to Darren and John, and everyone at PizzaExpress for raising £2m to help improve the lives of those living with cancer.

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"This money could support 36 Macmillan nurses for an entire year.

"Our funding is raised almost entirely by donations, so supporters are crucial in enabling us to continue our work.”

You can help raise money for Macmillan by enjoying a slice of Padana at your local PizzaExpress or by texting DOUGH to 70550.

SWNS

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