The Tim Bacon Foundation (TBF), set up in memory of the late Living Ventures co-founder, has launched a second fundraising campaign after raising £550,000 in the last year.

The new campaign will focus on raising money for Kidscan Children’s Cancer Research, based in Salford, while continuing to support the Maggie’s Centre at The Christie.

The first major event for this year’s TBF campaign will be a Gastronomic Dinner held at Manchester House on 7 June featuring a star-studded collaboration of the regions finest chefs led by Manchester House Head Chef Nathaniel Tofan featuring Tony Parkin of Michelin starred The West House and Gary Usher (Hispi, Burnt Truffle and Wreckfish) More. details of this event will be released soon through the TBF and charities’ websites.

The Foundation will also be represented at the Manchester Half Marathon in October, with 130 runners, including Jeremy Roberts and Paul Moran of Living Ventures, Chris Hill, chief executive of the New World Trading Company, the Alchemist’s Simon Potts, Scott Grimledy, who heads up Blackhouse and the recently promoted Gusto managing director, Matt Snell.

Jeremy Roberts, chair of the TBF, who founded the organisation in his late business partner’s name, said: “Last year was special, the ‘Dream the Impossible Dream Party’ we organised was huge and people were incredibly generous. But, it was not a one off. The Tim Bacon Foundation is here to stay and this year we want to focus on children. Children living with cancer is heartbreaking and we want to do what we can to help make their lives better, which is why we are supporting an incredible Manchester charity doing very important work.

“Kidscan Children’s Cancer Research, based in Salford, supports dedicated research into children’s cancer treatments, which is sadly hugely underfunded, as an area of research. Many of the treatments used to treat Children are derived from adult Cancer treatments and as such, can have huge side effects on young people’s bodies, leaving lasting side effects, as their bodies struggle with the severity of the adult based treatments. Kidscan exists to fund dedicated research, that ensures Children cancers sufferers not only survive, but thrive!”

Kidscan’s Chair, Martin Keelagher, commented; “The opportunity to work with the Tim Bacon Foundation is truly an honor, with our ethos and beliefs so closely aligned, in helping to support Children who shouldn’t have to endure cancer and should be free to enjoy their young lives now and in to the future.”

Roberts added: “Tim’s nephew Jett died just a few days after him from cancer so this year it is particularly fitting that we recognise that with this year’s campaign.”

For more information, please visit www.timbaconfoundation.co.uk