Local Instagram Star Raises £500 For Local Children

Worthing food vlogger and Instagram star, Steve Chiswell, commonly known as Chizzy, successfully raised £500 for local children and families through holding a raffle in aid of Chestnut Tree House at the Worthing Food and Drink Festival 2019.

The annual Food and Drink Festival was a huge success amongst locals. People flocked to Steyne Gardens for the two-day foodie event where they could enjoy food and drink from over 60 stalls and watch live cookery demonstrations and live entertainment. 

Amongst guests, MasterChef Champion, Kenny Tutt gave the people of Worthing an insight into the skills that helped him lift the MasterChef trophy in 2018. As well as holding a raffle for their local children’s hospice, Chizzy and fellow food lover, Kath Symes, judged the competition for ‘best stand’ at the festival. The pair crowned Simply Veg the winner festival due to the taste, presentation and value for money of their dishes.

A removal man by trade, Chizzy found his Instagram fame when he started to share his passion for teaching his children how to cook in a bid to introduce them to new foods. Chef Fifi, 6, and Chef Ruby, 10, used to favour nuggets and chips, but through cooking with their dad, the youngsters now love experimenting with new foods.

Within two months, Chizzy gained an impressive 5,000 followers on his Instagram page. Fast-forward two years, and he is now appearing as a contestant on Channel 4’s Cooking Up a Fortune where he will compete to sell homemade dishes to the British public. Chizzy now has over 12,000 followers on his Instagram channel.

“I chose to support Chestnut Tree House after hearing about their For the Now campaign”, Chizzy said. “I have always donated to St Barnabas House after sadly losing my Mum and Nan, and now as a parent, I wanted to use my public status to raise money for the children cared for by Chestnut Tree House”.

The raffle consisted of 17 prizes from local businesses, including a spray-painted canvas donated by artist Peter Boc Millikin, a Wicker hamper filled with food goodies, and a thermapen hamper worth £85.

“The charity raffle went really well”, Chizzy says, “The support I received from local and online businesses was amazing!”

“We would like to say a huge thank you to Chizzy for his support,” says Caroline Roberts-Quigley from Chestnut Tree House, “Not only has he helped us increase awareness of the care we offer in the local area but, he has also raised an incredible £500. Chizzy and his team should be very proud of what they have achieved.”

Chizzy’s appearance on Cooking up a Fortune aired on Channel 4 on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 September 2019.

You can find out more about your local children’s hospice at www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk.