Cardiff organisations go back to school for charity event



Wales’ largest building society, a Cardiff college and a local restaurant run by two former MasterChef finalists have teamed up for a unique culinary venture to raise money for charity.

Principality Building Society, Cardiff and Vale College and Hokkei have joined forces to put on Hokkei in the Classroom, an evening of festive fun and innovative Asian cooking all in aid of mental health charity Mind Cymru, Principality’s Charity of the Year.


Using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, students from CAVC will put on an exclusive three course meal for 70 guests with the help of Larkin Cen (MasterChef finalist and Hokkei co-founder) and his team. All profits from the event will go to Mind Cymru.

Steve Hughes, Principality Building Society’s Group Finance Director and Chair of Business in the Community Cymru, said: “All year our staff have been putting on a host of events to support Mind Cymru and we are hoping that by working with these fantastic Welsh organisations this will be a great finale for 2015 to help us raise even more money.”

All the money raised from the event will be donated to Mind Cymru, to support the charity which provides advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem. It campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and ensure that the one in four of us who experience mental health problems each year get both support and respect.

Kay Martin, Deputy Principal at Cardiff and Vale College, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Principality and Hokkei on this unique event for Mind Cymru. Not only will it raise funds for an important community cause, it will also be a wonderful experience for our learners to work with Larkin Cen.”

Larkin Cen from Hokkei, said: “I am extremely passionate about cooking and this is a fantastic way for us to inspire young people with our Asian cooking and hopefully raise money for such a fantastic cause.  I’m sure with the help of the students this will be a festive meal to remember.”

Mind Cymru Director Sara Moseley said: “On behalf of everyone at Mind Cymru I’d like to say a huge thank you to Hokkei and Cardiff and Vale College for organising this brilliant event and to the staff at Principality, whose energy and commitment has been fantastic since they chose us as their charity of the year. It’s great that fun and innovative events like this will help us make sure that anyone with a mental health problem in Wales has somewhere to turn for advice and support.”

Hokkei in the Classroom will be held on Thursday, December 3 from 7pm at The Classroom, Cardiff and Vale College – City Campus in Dumballs Road, Cardiff. Tickets are £40 and are limited to a capacity of 70 people.  To book a tickets visit .