By Crystal A. Johnson on
It was a humbling experience for celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay when he met brave children suffering from spina bifida. Known for raising hell in the kitchen, the volcanic star showed a more angelic side as he and his wife Tana played with children during a visit to a charity centre in Scotland. Ramsay vows to work with the Scottish Spina Bifida Association for the rest of his life.
“I flew in from LA last night with all the stresses of filming Hell’s Kitchen and working in the restaurants over there,” said Ramsay the day after his November 25 visit. “But the minute I set foot in the centre, all that was just forgotten.”
Ramsay has been a part of the charity for four years now and finds it to be an incredible experience. He was also happy his wife could behold the children’s zeal on this trip.
“The spirit for life that these kids have is extraordinary. Every time I come here, I tell my wife how much I enjoy it, and now she has finally been able to see this for herself”
Among the children Ramsay spent time with on his visit were twins, Chloe and Jade. Chloe does not have the condition but her sister Jade is paralyzed from the waist down. The condition doesn’t stop Jade; instead, she has pressed on by continuing to practice Taekwondo to the extent of earning a yellow belt, and she also plays the violin.
“Like Jade, my daughter Megan plays violin,” said Ramsey. “So I’ve promised to bring her up here next time so the two of them can play together.”
The twins’ parents are grateful to Chef Ramsay. Likewise, he is committed to raising funds for the charity. Ramsay wants to encourage others to get involved by calling the Scottish Spina Bifida Association on 01236 794 505 to make a donation.
“This charity is my charity and it’s part of my life now. The hard thing is finding half a million pounds a year to keep this place functioning. Join me in making a donation – no matter how large or small the amount, it will help Scotland’s families when they need it most.”
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