Bidfood’s Christmas Gift

Congratulations to this year’s deserving winners!

Les Griffiths – Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Les Griffiths was yet another deserving winner of this year’s Bidfood’s Christmas Gift campaign. Having worked at the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for over 30 years, Les has worked many Christmas and Boxing Day shifts, even when not rostered to do so.

Preparing and serving over 4,000 meals to all patients and staff at the Trust is by no means an easy feat, but Les’ leadership to catering colleagues is second to none. No matter how stressed he may be, he always has a smile on his face and exudes a positive attitude that really boosts staff morale.

On top of his positivity, Les was recognised for his kind-hearted and caring nature, ensuring any colleagues who were struggling to access public transport during the hustle and bustle of Christmas were able to get to work, by driving them in himself.

Jenny Close – The Rubbing House Pub

Jenny Close, General Manager at The Rubbing House in Epsom, was another winner who encapsulated the essence of the campaign. The judge’s saw Jenny’s commitment to bringing joy and cheer not just to every customer, but to her team members working over the busy festive period as reason enough to be rewarded. Working 90 hours a week all year round for over 15 years, Jenny supports her team in every way she can, from waiting tables, helping in the kitchen to serving behind the bar. Jenny and her team serve over 300 customers on Christmas Day alone.

Speaking about her win, Jenny said: ““I’m chuffed to have won – I really enjoy working on Christmas Day but it’s nice to be recognised. It’s not just me that works on the day, my team work incredibly hard too and it’s a credit to them that I’ve won this award as well.

“Christmas Day at The Rubbing House tends to be a real mix of people, from 7 year olds, to 97 year olds, everyone comes into the restaurant in a great mood – it’s a lovely day to be at work.”

Colin Aldridge – East Oxford Community Association

Another deserving winner of our Christmas Gift is Colin Aldridge, the dedicated Chairman of the East Oxford Community Association. On top of working a full-time job and looking after his disabled wife, Colin dedicates over 20 hours a week volunteering at the centre.

For the last few years, Colin has cooked a free three-course Christmas Day dinner for over 100 disadvantaged people in the community who cannot afford a Christmas of their own. He will be the first one in during the early hours of the morning and the last one to leave at night, after he has personally distributed all the left overs to the homeless. For the past five years, Colin has not had a Christmas with his wife and four children, due to his commitment to the community centre.

Speaking about his win, Colin said: “I was very surprised when I found out I’d won and I’m so thankful for the team of volunteers I work with, they have all played a huge role in this.

“There are a lot of people on their own at Christmas time and it is great to see the community come together and make lasting friends. Everyone is so grateful to have something like this going on at Christmas, as well as having someone to enjoy it with.”

Adam Msetfi – The White Hart

Adam was awarded Bidfood’s Christmas Gift 2018 for the accommodation sector for going above and beyond and fully committing himself to his colleagues who he sees as an extended family.

At Christmas Adam takes it upon himself to ensure everyone is able to have a special day – including his colleagues. Adam always puts himself forward to work the main festive days including Christmas and Boxing Day and even after suffering a loss in his family this year, it has not affected his ability to keep staff morale high.

Adam’s positive and can-do attitude resonated with the judges as well as his kind-hearted nature. Adam has, for the past two Christmases, made sure that those he works with leave before he does to spend precious time with their loved ones.

Speaking about his win, Adam said: “We all put so much effort into making Christmas special for our guests so it’s amazing to get this recognition.

“The hardest thing about working over Christmas is explaining to your family that you won’t be there, but so long as they see that you are passionate about what you do, they will always understand. I know it sounds cliché, but the team really is like a family, which makes it much easier.

“I know it’s difficult working over Christmas but I want my staff to be able to enjoy the experience and it’s the little traditions that help to keep moral high. We always dress smarter and wear something festive on Christmas Day, as well as taking a selfie with the whole team (often with a little glass of something).

“I’m so grateful for the opportunity to have a ‘Missedmas’ meal with my girlfriend and my family.”

Rhona and Stewart Boyle – Glasgow Food Shelters

Church Elders, Rhona and Stuart have volunteered at various Glasgow food shelters for over 50 years, regularly going above and beyond to look after the people in their local communities. On top of their day job, they support hundreds of disadvantaged families over the Christmas period.

Every year, they volunteer to cook food for the elderly in local churches on Christmas Day, collect food for food banks and clothing for local disadvantaged families, as well as cooking dinners for families with no money for food on Christmas Day.

Speaking on behalf of Stewart and herself, Rhona said: “We feel overwhelmed to have won – you do these things because you’re happy to do them and don’t expect any recognition in return. We’re honoured, it was a total surprise.

“As you can imagine, there’s a big team of us involved with the appeal. It is so humbling to see the community come together and support others. This year, we were lucky enough to have 20 jackets knitted for premature babies by our friend who is 95 years old and blind.”


  • Nominations open from 9am Monday 15 October 2018 to 11:59pm on Monday 19 November 2018.
  • Nominees must have worked or work in mainland UK only
  • To qualify:
    • nominees must have worked last Christmas day (25/12/2017) or Boxing Day (26/12/2017) or
    • be rostered to work Christmas day or Boxing day this year (25/12/2018 and/or 26/12/2018); or
    • have worked last Christmas Eve (24/12/2017) and have worked past midnight or be rostered to work this Christmas Eve (24/12/2018) on a shift that is scheduled to end after midnight.
  • There is no cost or charge for entering the competition
  • The nominator must be able to provide evidence that the nominee has worked one of the above or be in a position where they can vouch personally for the roster reflecting one of the above (e.g. if they are the manager of the outlet and they have not drawn up the roster for Christmas 2017 yet, but the nominee has agreed that they will work one of the above).
  • Please ensure you fill in all fields on the nomination form.
  • Individuals may nominate themselves.
  • Nominees must be in a role where they are involved in either the preparation or serving of food and/or drink (e.g. wait staff, bar staff, kitchen hand, dish washers, chef/cook, manager or similar roles within another sector such as carehomes, charities or hospitals that are relevant to these ).
    Nominees must be at least 18 years of age. Bidfood reserves the right to ask for proof to certify a nominee is over 18 years of age.
  • Bidfood will shortlist entries prior to judging on 27th November 2018.
  • Winners will be chosen by a judging panel of industry representatives including: Andy Kemp (Groups Sales and Marketing Director at Bidfood); Anne Pierce, Chief Executive at Springboard; Peter Hancock, Chief Executive at Pride of Britain Hotels; Jackie Marlow, Chief Operating Officer of UK Hospitality, Mark Lewis Chief Executive of Hospitality Action, Julia Sibley MB, Chief Executive, The Savoy Educational Trust; and Andy Jones, Chair of the Public Sector 100 Group. The decision of the judging panel is final and will based exclusively on their view of who is most deserving of the award in question.
  • Four winners will be chosen – one in each of the following categories:
    • Accommodation: hotels, B&B’s, hostels, pubs with accommodation etc
    • Care: hospitals, care homes, hospices etc.
    • Foodie outlets: restaurants, pubs, cafes, bars etc. (includes QSR and B&I)
    • Charities/other: includes charities and schools/universities
  • The prize is £100 for the winner to spend on Virgin Experience vouchers as well as a dinner (up to the value of £200 ) with his/her family at a restaurant of the winner’s choosing . Once the family meal has been booked, the winner will need to notify his/her contact at Bidfood at least one week in advance, to ensure the meal is paid for ahead of time). This meal prize cannot be exchanged for cash. Please note that you may need to comply with additional terms and conditions for Virgin regarding the vouchers. These will be made available to the ultimate winner by Virgin.
  • Contact will be made directly with the winners’ week commencing 3rd  December 2018. If after three attempts the winner has not responded to confirm receipt of their award, the nominator will be contacted up to three times. If, after three attempts, contact with both the winner and nominator has not been successful, another winner from the same category will be chosen.
  • Winners will be announced publicly on 3 December 2018.
  • Details of the winners (including name, photos, videos) will be reported in wholesale trade media, on the Bidfood website, social media channels and local media. If you are a winner, you may be requested to contribute to our marketing and promotional work connected to the award.
  • Bidfood reserves the right to disqualify a winner should there be any reason that could bring Bidfood’s brand into disrepute or the information provided proves later to be inaccurate or in breach of these terms.
  • These terms are governed by English law and you can bring legal proceedings in respect of the products in the English courts. If you live in Scotland you can bring legal proceedings in respect of the products in either the Scottish or the English courts.
  • Personal Data
    • We will use personal data of the nominees solely for the purpose of this competition
    • For more information, including requests for access to personal information /requests to be forgotten please refer to Bidfood’s Privacy Policy at



What is the campaign?

We’re back and this year it’s even bigger and better than ever…

We want to celebrate the tens of thousands of hospitality workers who give up their time to work on Christmas day in Britain by giving them the gift of Christmas back.

We are calling on the whole industry to nominate someone who sacrifices their own Christmas to work on Christmas day or Boxing day to make the festive period special for their customers.

How will nominations be judged?

All nominations will be initially screened by our team at Bidfood where they will produce a shortlist to then be judged by a panel of experts:

  • Bidfood’s Group Sales & Marketing Director, Andy Kemp
  • Chief Executive at Springboard – Anne Pierce
  • Chief Executive at Pride of Britain Hotel – Peter Hancock
  • Chief Operating Officer at UKHospitality – Jackie Marlow
  • Chief Executive of Hospitality Action – Mark Lewis
  • Chief Executive, The Savoy Educational Trust – Julie Sibley MB
  • Chair of the Public Sector 100 Group – Andy Jones

Four winners will be chosen from each of the below categories:

  • Accommodation: hotels, B&B’s, hostels, pubs with accommodation etc.
  • Care: hospitals, care homes, hospices etc.
  • Foodie outlets: restaurants, pubs, cafes, bars etc. (includes QSR and B&I)
  • Charities/other: includes charities and schools/universities
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