19 September 2007
ITV’s Hell’s Kitchen Star, Chef Stein Smart to run the Great South Run in memory
of his son Charlie and to raise awareness of stillbirth.
Chef Stein Smart, ITV’s Hell’s Kitchen Star, is taking part in this year’s Great South Run
in Portsmouth, running 10miles on Sunday 28th October in memory of his son Charlie
and to raise money for Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity.
Stein and his wife Julie’s son, Charlie was stillborn on the 14th of February this year.
Stein: “Julie and I were totally devastated when we were told that our son Charlie had
died. After 10 years of waiting for our family to be bigger, going through years of fertility
treatment, and 3 unsuccessful attempts at IVF, Charlie was the most awaited for baby
that you could imagine.
“In August 2006 our fourth attempt at IVF was successful, and you can imagine our joy,
we were on cloud nine. Charlie was due in May 2007, but due to problems arrived on
February 14th 2007 born asleep. He was our perfect little boy.
“I'm doing the Great South Run in Charlie’s honour, and aim to raise money for Sands
and publicise the vital work they do in raising awareness of stillbirth and neonatal death.
Every day in the UK 17 babies are stillborn or die within the first month of life. I want to
help Sands ensure that as many Mums and Dads, who like us have lost their babies,
know that there is support out there for them. Sands is now a charity close to my heart
and always will be.”
Stein will accompanied on the run by his mum and close friend Louise (from leading
Champagne distributors, Jansens UK) all of whom will be running in memory of baby
Neil Long, Sands Director: “Sands is extremely grateful to Stein, his Mum and great
friend Louise for taking part in The Great South Run. The run is a special tribute to Stein
and Julie’s son Charlie. It will also help raise awareness and funds for us here at Sands
so that we can continue to support the thousands of families across the country
struggling to cope with the loss of their much loved babies.”
Stein has also become a patron for Sands, the charity that helped him, Julie and their
family following Charlie’s death. All monies raised will go towards helping Sands in the
vital work they do in the fields of research, training, support and awareness.
Stein will be doing further events to help raise awareness and funds for Sands. For
further details of what Stein will be doing please visit his website
www.thesmartschoolofcookery.com or to sponsor him please visit
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For further information, please contact:
Sands press office:
Tel: 01483 894380
Mob: 07748 645 223
Notes to editors:
Stein Smart and The Smart School of Cookery
Stein Smart was born in 1973 and raised on a council estate in Islington, North London,
a stone's throw from the famous Arsenal football ground - Highbury. He dreamt of
becoming a professional footballer but realised that, despite his passion for the game,
he wouldn't make it as a footballer however his other passion was watching his father
After leaving school he spent five years in the Army before starting work in his father's
building company. When the business expanded to include a pub in Waltham Abbey,
Stein was employed as the pub manager where he decided to start selling food.
The pub was a success, but when his parents decided to sell the business and move to
Spain, Stein returned to the building trade, where he stayed until 2005.
In April 2005 he successfully auditioned against 4000 other wannabe chefs and was
hand picked to appear on ITV's Hell's Kitchen.
Stein has gone on to work closely with Gary Rhodes at the famous Rhodes 24
Restaurant and with his mentor Jean-Christophe Novelli at Novelli's restaurant The
Auberge du Lac at Brocket Hall and Novelli’s cookery school.
Stein is currently running The Smart School of Cookery in Essex and working closely
with Jean-Christophe Novelli and touring the country doing exhibitions.
The Smart School of Cookery
60 Main Road
Tel: 01245 226575
Fax: 01245 227521
Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, was established by bereaved parents in
Sands core aims are to:
Support anyone affected by the death of a baby;
To work in partnership with health professionals to improve the quality of care
and services offered to bereaved families; and
To promote research and changes in practice that could help to reduce the loss
of babies’ lives
Helpline: 020 7436 5881
Office: 020 7436 7940
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