Award-winning chef Nathan Outlaw has been a keen supporter of the Fishermen’s Mission for over a decade, raising substantial sums for the charity through campaigns and events at his restaurants.
At the Mission’s recent virtual AGM, it was decided to make Nathan an honorary vice patron. He joins his previous boss Rick Stein as a vice patron. The charity’s patron is Her Majesty the Queen.
David Dickens, chief executive of the Mission, said: “I remember meeting Nathan for the first time at the opening of our charity shop in Cornwall back in 2014, and commenting on how someone so young had achieved such high accolades. The level of his success is down to hard work and talent. His personable approach to business and to his community is admired by us all.
“He understands and empathises with fishermen and their families, and sees the need when difficult times encroach on our lives such as storms, incidents and the pandemic. Incredibly, together with his loyal team, he has contributed donations of over £50,000 in 10 years and champions our charitable work at any opportunity. On behalf of us all around the UK, we are delighted to recognise formally Nathan’s contribution.”
Nathan said: “I am extremely honoured to be recognised with this award. I’ve always been mindful that without the fishermen, I wouldn’t have a business, and my support for the Fishermen’s Mission over the years has been my way of giving something back.
“With events over the past year or so, it’s true to say that, more than ever, the work of the Fishermen’s Mission is essential to the well-being of this community of men and women who risk their lives at sea every day so that we can have a plentiful supply of fish and seafood on our tables. In the main, the general public has little knowledge of those risks, or of the difficulties often faced by the fishing community.
“In the role of honorary vice patron, I welcome the opportunity to continue supporting the work of the Fishermen’s Mission and spreading the word about this vital charity at every opportunity!”
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