Cider maker supports Cure Leukaemia


Glynn Purnell

Glynn Purnell

Warwickshire cider maker Allen Hogan donated 400 bottles of cider for a charity event, which saw one of Birmingham’s top chefs cooking up a culinary treat for guests.

Michelin starred chef, Glynn Purnell, helped Cure Leukaemia to mark its tenth birthday in style by designing a unique menu for its celebration event at Aston Villa.

Glynn has recently become a trustee of the Birmingham-based blood cancer charity after being a patron for three years, and worked closely on the three-course menu with head chef at Aston Villa, Peter Reed.

The dishes were enjoyed by 400 guests at Cure Leukaemia’s tenth birthday celebrations on October 4, hosted by Adrian Chiles and sponsored by Pinsent Masons, Hotel Indigo, Club and Spa, Succeed, Clever Cherry and Birmingham City University.

Glynn said: “Cure Leukaemia’s tenth birthday party was a big opportunity for the charity to celebrate all of the fantastic people from across the West Midlands and beyond who have worked tirelessly over the past decade to raise money and support people suffering from this terrible disease.

“I wanted the menu to reflect Cure Leukaemia’s position as a landmark organisation in Birmingham. Each dish featured amazing produce from across the region, with a nod to some of our city’s biggest brands including Bird’s Custard, HP Sauce and Cadbury’s. To top off the party atmosphere, each course was designed to encourage guests to get stuck in and share the enjoyment of food.”

The main course was accompanied by award-winning Hogan’s Cider, produced in the Malvern Hills.

Hogan’s Cider recently chose Ceure Leukaemia as its nominated charity and donated 400 bottles of its Medium Cider to the tenth anniversary event.

The company is also looking at ways to develop a more long term donation agreement.

The sponsorship of the charity was in part prompted by a personal tragedy for Allen Hogan, who originally hails from Waterford, and his wife Jane.

The couple’s 21-year-old daughter, Alice, died from leukaemia in August 2012.

Cure Leukaemia also celebrated its tenth anniversary by launching a new £1 million appeal, Cure Leukaemia for Kids.