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Rest in peas: The Salvation Army backs new legacy campaign to encourage people to leave a gift for charity in their will

[Pictured The Salvation Army's Legacy Development Manager Emma Rylance with Masterchef's Gregg Wallace]

Daring diners will dice with death next month when a new restaurant, serving only potentially deadly food, opens its doors in London.  

Launched by television presenter and food expert Gregg Wallace, Café de Mort will serve a range of deadly delicacies as part of a campaign by Remember A Charity to encourage more people to leave a gift to charity in their Wills.

Located in a central London church crypt, Café de Mort opens its doors for two nights only on 26th and 27th February.  The menu remains a closely guarded secret but will feature delicacies from around the world.  Each of the six dangerous dishes served will be potentially lethal if not prepared or cooked properly.

Despite the potential for peril on its plates, Café de Mort is virtually fully booked, with charity supporters and members of the public set to travel from across the UK for a taste of its killer cuisine.  A few places are still available for people with an up to date Will and a sense of adventure.  

Remember A Charity, the consortium of 140 charities behind the campaign, hopes that diners will be reminded of the unpredictability of life and the importance of taking care of friends, family and the causes they hold dear.  After all, nobody knows the importance of a having a Will more than someone who could be about to eat their last meal. 

Whilst three quarters of Britons regularly give to charity in their lifetimes, just 7% include a charity in their Will. Yet charities rely heavily on gifts in Wills, which bring in almost £2 billion each year, the equivalent of 19 Comic Reliefs. Many charities would not exist without this income and others would have to cut crucial services.  Two out of three guide dogs and six out of ten life boat launches are paid for by gifts in Wills, as is over a third of Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work.

Gregg Wallace explained, “I’ve eaten all sorts of food in my time, but this is the first time I’ve actually had to put my life on the line!  The menu is unlike anything I’ve ever tried.  All the dishes are considered delicacies in one part of the world or another, but one slip in the kitchen could have deadly consequences.  But I’m confident that our chefs won’t have any lethal lapses and I can’t wait to get stuck in.

“Few people realise that gifts in Wills are vital to many of our favourite charities. We need to get more people thinking about leaving a gift once they’ve looked after their family and friends.  Café de Mort is all about getting people to sit up and take notice.  Hopefully they’ll still be sitting up by the time they get to their dessert.”

Rob Cope, Director of Remember A Charity, said, “Some people may think Café de Mort is a bit extreme but it’s hard to get people thinking about Wills and considering a gift to charity.   The whole idea is clearly meant to be a little tongue in cheek. But there’s a serious message too.  Gifts in Wills are hugely important to charities.  We believe Café de Mort will raise a wry smile but will persuade many more people to think about leaving a gift to charity too.”

To register for a place at Café de Mort email or to find out more about how to leave a gift to charity in your Will visit www.rememberacharity.org.uk.