THE youngest ever chef to win a Michelin star has backed the Birchwood-based children’s charity, Brainwave.

Despite working hard to open his new fine dining experience late last year, the Manchester House Restaurant and Lounge, Aiden Byrne recently chose Brainwave as his Charity of Year and has since raised more than £8,000 through The Church Green in Lymm for the Birchwood centre. This is enough to help two new children onto the programme.
In recent years, Aiden has been a firm supporter of the cause, which enables UK youngsters with disabilities and additional needs to achieve greater independence, ranging from helping a child to walk or ride a bike, to recognising colours or to write their name. The children have a range of conditions including Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome and rare genetic disorders.

Aiden said: “Family is very important to me and my wife Sarah, as is our local community and the people within it. When we were looking for a charity to support, we knew we wanted something that had some association to all of those elements, and Brainwave was the perfect choice. It’s always an inspiration to visit Brainwave and see first-hand the great work they do.”

During a recent visit to Brainwave, Aiden took the opportunity to catch up with the charity’s team who support children through bespoke therapy programmes that are tailor made to meet their needs.

He also had a chance to meet the families of three young children attending on the day: 18-month-old Sophia Holnes, two-year-old Eva Abbrell and nine-year-old Lilly Halam.

Brainwave Community Manager Joanne Freeman said: “On behalf of the families we support, I’d like to thank Aiden for all his hard work and generosity. His fundraising is making a huge difference to the children who visit our Birchwood Centre.”

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