Some months ago I was approached by Cpl Daren Gudgeon (see email below) He is serving soldier in Afghanistan. It turns out he is a chef in the army cooking for many soldiers everyday, all day with fellow chef and buddy Dan.
"Dear Phil Vickery,
I am a Army chef, currently out in a patrol base in Afghanistan I am on a 6 month tour myself and another chef Dan are the only two out here cooking in the patrol base for a lot of troops. please please would you donate some chefs knives to us, we have put a call out on bfbs radio but so far no-one seems to want to help.
Cpl Darren Gudgeon"
As you can see appeals had gone out and chefs had been approached, but nobody got in contact. So I decided to do something about it. Having spent many years cooking I know exactly how frustrating its can be with without your own knives,. I duly packaged up a selection of new knives and went to the post office only to be told the maximum weight was 2kg. Undeterred I went home, cut down the packing and removed some knives, in the end all went off fine.
Few days later received a set of photos, have a look. The lads were over the moon, and really happy. I’m thrilled it's all worked out so well.
So you chefs, yes you know who you are, I hope I have shamed you, get onto these guys, and send some more gear for them, and you think you have a hard job!!!!
...Thanks also to Kirsty Gudgeon for sorting out bits and bobs and being the ‘in between’ contact.