Sunday, 23 February 2014

Beating Up Cancer Comes Highly JD Recommended

In a slight break from tradition, I would like to introduce a guest blogger on Gerry's Kitchen. Jurgen Donaldson is a fellow food fan who is currently organising a special birthday bash with the help a number of generous businesses through in the Edinburgh. I wanted to help spread the word of this upcoming event in the hope that it will help raise a little more cash (and awareness) for a very worthy cause. I'll let Jurgen tell the rest of the story below;

Well hi there, and first of all I would like to thank Gerry for inviting me to write a wee post here. First of all let me introduce myself, I'm Jurgen I write a little blog called This year I am turning 30, in itself it's a pretty big milestone however I have the added kicker of it coming to being my 10 year cancerversary. Ok so that's not a word.

To give you the history when I was 20 I was diagnosed with lymphoma, it was bad, really bad infact. Doctors thought it was quite likely I would only live another 6 months, pretty dramatic way to start my 20s. Anyway, thanks to the amazing work of the doctors and nurses of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary 6 months later not only was I alive but I was in remission and on my way to a full recovery.

The last 10 years have been a roller coaster, the good, the bad and the downright ugly but it never leaves me as to how lucky I am to still be here. When you add to the equation that my father and step father both died of cancers it gives you a picture of the level of relief that not just I, but my whole family felt.

Since my illness I have done as much as I can for Teenage Cancer Trust & Cancer Research Uk, fundraising, mentoring patients whatever is asked of me. So for my 30th I am throwing a huge party to raise funds for these two fantastic charities. On the 17th of May at G1 Groups iconic Ghillie Dhu venue, for Glaswegians it's our version of Oran Mor, the party will hopefully bring in 200 people.

With a Great Gatsby theme there will be cocktails, flapper girls, casino tables, a jazz trio playing and an auction & raffle with an incredible list of donations, so far I've had items from:

Mark Greenway & Bistro Moderne

Cafe St Honore



Angels with Bagpipes

British Airways

Tigerlily & Lulu


L'escargot Bleu & L'art du Vin


Edinburgh Larder Bistro

Hotel Du Vin

I'm hoping to make this party one I will remember for the rest of my life and in the process raise a huge amount of money for two incredible charities.

I feel truly blessed to have already received such great support from the local business community and from fellow bloggers like Gerry. So here's to another 10 years of life, living, giving and happiness.

Beating up Cancer comes Highly JD Recommended

We all know someone who has been affected by cancer and it's great to see a survivor like Jurgen fighting back and doing his bit to help others. A big thank you to all of the businesses who have made raffle donations for the night of the birthday bash, if any other businesses would like to make a donation to Jurgens very worthwhile cause then do not hesitate in getting in touch.

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