Italian restaurant chain Bella Italia presented a £100,000 cheque to mark the money it has raised for children’s charity Dreams Come True over the last 30 months.
A cheque was given to the charity’s chief executive, Richard Aston at the Italian restaurant’s Islington site in conjunction with the charity’s 30th birthday.
The money, which has been raised by donating 25p from every Lenticchie pasta dish sold across its 110 UK restaurants, alongside other fundraising activities, has gone towards making the dreams of 30 young people with serious illnesses come true.
Dreams Come True is a UK children’s charity with a mission to enrich the lives of children and young people with serious and life-limiting medical conditions by offering them unforgettable experiences to fulfil their dreams, and ultimately create long lasting memories to share with family and friends.
Celia Pronto, chief customer officer, said: “We are delighted to be able to work with a charity like Dreams Come True. Bella Italia is a brand that believes in the importance of family and friendships and this charity really reflects our brand values. We are thrilled our partnership with Dreams Come True has been able to give young people facing tough circumstances memorable experiences and help make their dreams come true.”
Richard Ashton, chief executive of Dreams Come True, added: “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our 30th Anniversary than to have the team at Bella Italia raise £100,000 in 30 months, which has allowed for 30 dreams to come true for our children. On behalf of our dream recipients and everyone at the charity I want to say thank you to Bella Italia for helping us make a real difference and fulfil the personal dreams of children and young people with serious and life limiting conditions.”