Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Skcin - appoints a new Ambassador for the South West,

Kirsty Sanchez

Skcin are delighted to welcome Kirsty on-board as an Ambassador of the charity. Losing a loved one to cancer, particularly at such a young age and with a young family must be an incredibly difficult journey.  It takes a great deal of passion, dedication and drive to turn that grief into something positive, to want to make a difference and prevent others from suffering the same ordeal. Unbelievably, Kirsty has all this in bucket loads and we couldn’t be more grateful of her support.
As an ambassador of Skcin, Kirsty believes passionately in the charity’s objectives which are to prevent skin cancer through education, to promote early detection and the importance of checking your skin for change. Over 85% of all skin cancer cases are preventable and this is where Skcin feel that the greatest difference can be made to reversing the soaring rates of the UK’s most common and fastest rising cancer.

Unfortunately Jonray Sanchez-Iglesias is a startling example that this devastating disease doesn’t discriminate when it comes to age and is now one of the most common cancers in the 15-34 age group. This has to stop, as a nation we have to take action, take sun safety seriously and learn to check our skin regularly.

This is Skcin’s mission and with the help of Ambassadors like Kirsty across the UK, we can make a difference and save lives.

Kirsty has already been raising awareness this Summer with various initiatives as well as fund raising, using the hugely successful restaurant business Jonray and his brother Peter had so passionately built as a platform to reach the local community.

As well as providing free awareness literature to their workforce, extensive clientele and the wider community, Kirsty a mother of two, is committed to working with young children by promoting the charity’s national Sun Safe Schools accreditation scheme. Sun Safe Schools is a free on-line resource for all UK pre-schools and primary schools, providing extensive free teaching resources for children and policy guidance for schools. The annual accreditation scheme is already teaching in excess of 350,000 children in over 2,500 schools across the UK with the objective of preventing skin cancer through education, evoking the required culture change and making a difference for our future generation and those to come.
In addition to raising awareness, Kirsty is passionate about raising funds to help Skcin continue their work. On the 21st July, Kirsty was excited to announce the opening of their latest culinary venture, the Pi Shop pizzeria.  With their open-plan kitchen and wood fired oven, the Pi Shop creates stripped –back ‘Napoli meets Bristol’ sourdough pizzas in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.  We love seeing our UV bracelets take pride of place on the bar in this family friendly restaurant.

 A special pizza called the ‘JR Pizza’ has been dedicated to the memory of Jonray and to raising funds to support Skcin with £1 from each sale of the pizza being donated to the charity.  We are delighted to hear it’s already their most popular pizza!
Peter Sanchez-Iglesias commented ‘Mum, Dad and I are so proud of Kirsty and thrilled to support a great charity which we believe will make a real difference.’ 

Jonray, taken so young at the prime of his life has touched the hearts of so many and we at Skcin are amazed by Kirsty’s bravery, passion and commitment to make a difference so soon after his untimely death. We very much look forward to working with Kirsty in the months and years to come and wish her every success with her new venture.


Media Contacts:

 For information regarding Pi Shop please contact Ellie Brooks: / 07506 285 879

For information regarding Skcin email marie.tudor@skcin,org/07775 771986

Information on Sanchez Brothers

 In 1999 the Sanchez family made a life changing decision. They quit their day jobs, their home on the other side of Bristol and moved their two young boys to open the doors to Casamia; a trattoria serving pizza and pasta.

Sue and Paco ran the front of house at Casamia with son, Jonray helping out from a young age. When the restaurant’s head chef left, Peter (their youngest son) was thrown in at the deep end, taking over the kitchen and Jonray soon joined him.

With the support of their parents, the Sanchez-Brothers began to transform the former trattoria into something spectacular. Focusing on seasonality and questioning everything, this young, formidable duo were named “two little geniuses” by Gordon Ramsay.

In 2009, the self taught chefs gained a coveted Michelin star and 4AA rosettes followed a few years later. In 2012 Jonray and Peter decided to focus on one set menu at Casamia which, along with the restaurant’s decor, changes once a season. This menu aims to showcase the incredible produce available in that particular season, taking influence from the people they meet and places they’ve visited.

Last year, after celebrating Casamia’s 15th birthday, the family made the exciting decision to move location to central Bristol, to The General Hospital where they will open on Friday 15th January 2016. Working closely with the wonderful team at City and Country Jonray and Peter’s dreams have become a reality.

2016 will see the Sanchez Brothers brand expand with the addition of 2 new restaurants; Pi Shop, offering sourdough pizza and ice-cream and Paco Tapas, an authentic tapas and sherry bar. Watch this space for more information on their new openings.

Pi Shop opened on 21st July 2016.  They are open 7 days a week from 12 noon.

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