Thank you 21,000 times for all your support

In March 2018 we set up Jeff’s Way – the foundation in memory of Whitco founder Jeff Whitaker. We were delighted to see that the results of our fundraising work - and the generosity of our team, our suppliers and customers realise a total of £21,000. It's been a magnificent effort, but it's only the start of something great.

Jeff's Way supports three pillars that supported Jeff's career: Education, Security and Opportunity. So far, we have donated £9,000 to three chosen good causes: £3,000 each to the RNLI, Northampton College and the Peterborough Sea Cadets. There will be more news soon about our forthcoming donations - and our work to raise more money and support our chosen causes.



Our support for the RNLI


Our support for the Sea Cadets


Our support for Northampton College


Education, opportunity and security - building a legacy

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Young people are our future. Our aim is to help them to benefit from education, opportunity and security. In this way they can grow, thrive and develop into a generation of adults that make a positive difference.

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Building a career and a life…

Inspired by our late great boss Jeff Whitaker we have set up Jeff's Way to help young people grow, develop and build great careers in our multi-billion pound industry.

As well as supporting the development of young chefs, we offer apprenticeships to help young people join the ground floor what is now the UK's largest service industry employing 125,000 people  in the UK.

Hundreds pay tribute to Jeff Whitaker

Hundreds of family, friends, employees and colleagues from the catering industry filled Oundle School’s Great Hall on Thursday to celebrate the life of Whitco founder Jeff Whitaker, who died in January from Motor Neurone Disease (MND) after a short illness.

Among those paying tribute were Jeff’s cousin and former MP Phil Sawford, cousin Sebastian La Porta, David Grundy of Hobart, Whitco MD Tony Butler, catering consultant Tony Bannell, Oundle butcher and friend Martin Trendall, and close friend Richard Kirk.

They all spoke of Jeff’s generosity, loyalty, sociability, humour and courage in the face of his illness. Appropriately, the service was followed by generous hospitality at a reception in the school’s Great Hall. A collection for Jeff’s Way, the fund set up to support young people, was generously supported.

Jeff’s Way supports three causes that were close to Jeff’s Heart: the training of young talent whilst at Catering College (Jeff trained as a chef at Hull College when he was 16), the Sea Cadets where he developed his love of the sea and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

To find out more about MND, please visit the NHS website here.To find out more about Jeff’s Way, and to visit the dedicated website, click the red button below.