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Gourmet Evening delivers a sweet taste of success

October 13, 2014 | Nick Taylor

An estimated £5,000 was raised by Warrington RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland) Corporate Banking at an amazing ‘Gourmet Evening’ held to raise proceeds for the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace last Friday, 10th October 2014.

The Warrington RBS Corporate Team took over the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Centre kitchens and conference facilities to present a gourmet evening supported by the bank’s customers.

The bank team provided all the chef, culinary and serving skills to over 60 diners at the ‘black tie’ event. The menu consisted of a roasted red pepper and tomato soup followed by a ham hock terrine with homemade piccalilli and rocket. Main course was mushroom stuffed chicken breast, dauphinoise potatoes, glazed winter vegetable and pancetta wrapped fine green beans. Pudding was a Ciel de chocolate finished off with coffee and petit fours.

The guests arrived to a drinks reception with musical entertainment provided by Courtney Evans and Lucy Farrimond. Table magic was provided by the “Magicians in Black” and funds were raised through a raffle and auction.

RBS are supporting the THINK programme for young people aged 14 to 19. THINK empowers young people to advocate for and contribute to a more peaceful society. John Maltby, Chief Executive Officer of Williams & Glynn attended the event as part of a visit to RBS locations in the region and special guest the Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP for Leigh and Shadow Secretary of State for Health spoke to guests about his support for the Foundation and Peace Centre.



Foundation Chief Executive, Nick Taylor, spoke to guests about the need for business and commerce to come together in support of peace. His full speech is reproduced below.

Nick said: “This was an incredible event totally put together by the RBS team.

“Our catering manager was amazed at the culinary quality and the level of service provided and we know the guests had an inspirational evening.

“I would like to thank everyone who made this possible from the sponsors, those who donated, those who came along to support and most of all the fantastic RBS team.”

The Foundation and Warrington RBS Corporate would like to thank the following for their support:

FDR law
Infinium IT
Village Urban resorts
Rybrook Jaguar
Lake Technologies Ltd
Halliwell Jones Warrington Ltd
PSD Vehicle Rental
SCS Technolgies Ltd
Heap & Partners Ltd
Poplar Services Ltd
Mitchell Charlesworth

And for donating raffle items:

Tyrers Department Store, St Helens
Venture Photography
Dyno Drive, Warrington
The Grill on the Square
Margaret Evans
Tom at 101

Nick Taylor Full Speech to Guests:

Good evening and welcome to the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Centre to what I hope you will find will be an exceptionally inspiring event.  My name is Nick Taylor and I am the Chief Executive of this amazing Foundation.  I add my welcome to that of our founders Colin and Wendy and also introduce my colleague and our director of commissions Kelly Simcock.
If I may just add to what you have seen in the film and take just a few minutes to introduce our work and to ask for your help.
Last year, violent conflict and unrest cost the world as much as the combined economic output of Britain, Germany, France and Italy, or $1,350 dollars per person globally.

The economic cost of containing and dealing with the consequences of global violence in 2013  was an estimated $9.8 trillion dollars, 11.3 percent of global economic output, up 3.8 percent from 2012.

That was last year, before acronyms like ISIL and ISIS and words like Islamic State had even entered our lexicon.  
In 2014 these figures are spiralling.  Last week the United States confirmed its spending on military intervention in Syria and Iraq had already reached $930 million dollars – nearly a billion spent already.
Terrorist activity, the number of conflicts, and an increase in the number of refugees and displaced persons are key contributors to the continuing deterioration in global peacefulness.  It was the seventh successive year in which the world had become a less peaceful place reversing a 60-year trend that followed the end of World War II.
Worldwide terrorist activity in 2013 documents 9,707 attacks worldwide up from 8,400 in 2012.  One every hour is now one every 55 minutes.

These attacks resulted in more than 17,800 deaths up from 5,400 in 2012.  And our citizens who now work, live and travel across the globe are often the targets.  The human cost is off the scale but the economic cost of peace or price of extremism is not finite.
This string of statistics I have just given you is a wake up call to governments, the international community, society at large and yes to everyone in business and in commerce.  All of us in this room.  Building peace is the prerequisite for economic and social development.
And, given the deteriorating global situation we cannot be complacent about the institutional bedrocks of commerce and business that we have in place. The cost to the Exchequer in seeing through a counter terrorism strategy from increasing our preparedness, in pursuing those who plot and protecting us is phenomenal.  And the consequences and aftermath of terrorism and war is a burden that falls hard on the social, health and welfare costs of this country.  And yes on commerce and business who have to protect their intellectual capital, mitigate risk and trade in this increasingly hostile environment.
But we can do something about it.
Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace is a charity that works nationally and internationally FOR PEACE.  
Our version of peace is not that perhaps personified by singing John Lennon songs or sticking flowers in the barrels of guns – it is that we accept conflict exists in all forms in our personal lives, in our homes, in our schools through to our workplaces and communities and between nations.  Conflict is inevitable and can bring about change but our version of peace is simple we don’t need to use violence to resolve it.  

Here at the Foundation and in this Centre we deliver a unique programme made up of numerous projects that continue to develop to match contemporary challenges. Overnight, following this event, this room will be transformed by our security and housekeeping team so that in the morning families who have experienced the trauma of terrorism can come here this weekend to receive our assistance. We assist British citizens and other people domiciled here that may have been a victim, survivor or affected by serious violent conflict – nearly 500 people on our database and growing.  We make real changes to help them to cope and to recover, to find their normal lives and to reduce their need to rely on welfare and the health service.  This is typical of what happens in this Centre.
We develop skills with people including working with women to enhance their conflict resolution abilities and recognise their unique role to influence within families and the community. We facilitate difficult conversations within communities looking at the underlying root causes of difference.  This is brave work at the forefront of challenging those who would use violence to further their aims.
And, yes we turn people away from violent conflict including young people, because the path to violence starts early in homes and on the playgrounds and in the classrooms of our schools.  
Thanks to the Royal Bank of Scotland we are taking forward a project that will enable future generations to vision a world that is free from violence and hate. Drawing on almost two decades of our work with young people and communities impacted by violence, we are confident that this work will be able to take thinking and actions to the next level to break the cycle of violence.
The RBS investment in our work is about equipping young people with the skills and knowledge so that they are able to be confident to play a really positive role in managing conflict – so that they have the ability to influence positive change, starting with themselves learning about conflict resolution, self-awareness and identity and leadership skills. 
Developing critical thinking and problem solving and working to challenge their own personal perceptions by exploring alternatives to prejudice and violence. Crucially, they will learn how to influence their peers and wider communities.
So we can make a difference with the help of forward thinking organisations like RBS and I would just pause to express my thanks to you as an organisation for making a real difference in supporting us. 
And this is my challenge to you in business and commerce.  Everyone has got a role to play.  We need business to show the leadership and to invest.  This evening I hope will be inspirational and will provide great financial assistance to us so thank you in advance for being here and showing your support. 
I ask you to make one pledge after the event and that is to give me an hour of your time.  Time is one of your most precious commodities so it is quite a big ask. 
But share with me your business card or contact details and let me in a little more detail show you how you could help us to take our way forward.  How, in terms of social and corporate governance and responsibility you can make a difference, maybe by introducing me to your network or contacts or by considering investing in what we do.  
Just one hour.  This is what I ask tonight because we collectively face a huge challenge.  
Terrorism is one of the most emotive subjects of our time.  Only 4% of targets are the military – it is private citizens, assets, property and business that are the frequent common targets.  Most terrorist attacks occur in a wider conflict situation.  We at this Foundation believe everyone can do something to contribute to reducing violent conflict.
Thank you for listening to me, enjoy the evening and please join us…For Peace.