Life Kitchen Cookery School: The Next Steps.

by Ryan Riley in Sunderland, England, United Kingdom

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On 27th March 2019 we successfully raised £22,800 with 368 supporters in 63 days

We're opening a FREE cookery school for cancer patients. We're almost there. We need your help - By the award-winning Life Kitchen.

by Ryan Riley in Sunderland, England, United Kingdom

Hello, we're about to open the very first Life Kitchen cookery school! We have had outstanding support from architects, building firms and kitchen appliance company, Fisher and Paykel (who are all giving their services for free, more on our brilliant helpers later!) now we need your help to get us over the final hurdle. The planning permission is imminent. We're just months away from opening. But we need your help.

'Life Kitchen is proving truly life-changing' The One Show

'I'm a huge fan of Ryan Riley and Life Kitchen' Nigella Lawson

Design by Ryder Architecture

Life Kitchen needs to raise £50,000 in order to update our electrical supply from Northern Powergrid (who by law can't give the power upgrade needed for free) and also, to get us started! 

Whilst we have some fantastic brands supporting us, classes cost money and manpower. Our aim is to keep the classes free for people living with cancer. Living with cancer can cause financial strain on a lot of people and their families, that is why it is so important to us to make sure our classes are always accessible and free of charge.  To keep this going we need your help! Whether you can donate £1 (one cauliflower for a class) or £1000 (a big step towards upgrading the power for the school), it’s all needed, necessary and very much appreciated by us, and all of the people Life Kitchen helps.

£50,000 will get us:

Electrical power upgrade for the cookery school (Northern Powergrid to deliver this)

A permanent staff member to run the cookery school and co-ordinate classes

A subsided program of cookery events for the community - this will allow us to run non Life Kitchen cookery classes at a discount for local people 

To kit out the cookery school with pans, plates, cutlery and stock a basic cookery pantry

Continued recipe development for Life Kitchen and so much more!

Nearly a year on from the launch there has been a fantastic response from the public, press and well-known faces including Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver and many more. There has even been an award, we're now the award-winning Life Kitchen (Best Ethical Food Project 2018) thanks to public and The Observer newspaper.


In February 2018, we launched our first classes at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s world-famous River Cottage in Devon and ever since the response has been overwhelming! What we’ve learned from our first ever class is that Life Kitchen provides fun, flavour and an escape from a time in peoples lives that can be incredibly difficult. It's been a fantastic year and we're hoping 2019 will be bigger and better and most importantly, we can help more people. 


Our beautiful new school will be in Sunderland (founder Ryan’s home town) and will be in a Grade 2 listed Victorian Gate lodge, location details revealed soon.

The School will have frequent Life Kitchen cookery classes as well as a community outreach space for local people. As well as for people from all over the UK and abroad to come and be part of the Life Kitchen Community. The school will also double as a food workshop studio for photographers, bloggers and supper clubs to help us pay for the continued up-keep and running of the space. The school will have disability access, including an adjustable workbench. And of course, the Life Kitchen classes will remain FREE to people affected by cancer.

After the tremendous response to our launch of Life Kitchen as a charity initiative, we need YOUR help to move to the next stage. Please pledge below and get one our brilliant rewards. 

The incredible people making the cookery school happen for free: 

Sir Robert McAlpine - 

Building Contractor 

Ryder Architecture - 


Jasper Kerr consulting - 

Structural engineer 

Desco - 

Services engineer 

One environments - 

Landscape architect

Lichfields - 

Planning consultant 

S.A.J transport consultants - 

Transport consultant 

Restaurant Design Associate's -

Catering consultant 

Landform surveys - 

Measured building surveyor 

Ward Hadaway LLP - 

Legal consultant 

Fisher and Paykel - 

Catering equipment supplier 

Turner and Townsend - 

Project manager


Thank you so so much. 

Lots of love,

Ryan Riley and the Life Kitchen Team

Twitter: @ryanrileyy @LifeKitchen

Instagram: @LifeKitchen @LifeKitchenCookery

Watch our BBC Documentary here:


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£100 or more

21 of 100 claimed

£100 Reward - Apron, Tote, Spatula, Pin Badge.

You'll get an exclusive Life Kitchen apron, tote bag, Netherton Foundry spatula and enamel pin badge.

£1 or more

£1 reward

Every little helps...(other supermarkets are available) but in all seriousness, £1 would definitely help.

£5 or more

27 of 1000 claimed

£5 gets you an enamel Life Kitchen pin badge

An exclusive Life Kitchen logo enamel pin badge.

£10 or more

24 of 1000 claimed

£10 reward - Two enamel pin badges

You'll get two of our gorgeous Life Kitchen plate enamel pin badges.

£25 or more

53 of 300 claimed

£25 - A Netherton Foundry Life Kitchen Spatula

You'll get a Netherton Foundry black Life Kitchen iron spatula.

£40 or more

12 of 100 claimed

£40 reward - Life Kitchen Tote Bag and Pin Badge

You'll get an exclusive Life Kitchen tote bag and enamel pin badge.

£75 or more

9 of 50 claimed

£75 Reward

Invite for you and a friend to a special party in London to celebrate the cookery school launch. Canapés and drinks. Party to be held in summer 2019. Details tbc.

£150 or more

0 of 30 claimed

£150 Reward

Invite to a special dinner in the North East of England to celebrate Life Kitchen and the new cookery school. Cooked for by Ryan Riley and Kimberley Duke. Booze and food included. Date TBC (Summer 2019)

£300 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£300 Reward - Private cookery lesson with Ryan

Private three hour cookery lesson for four people with Ryan Riley at the cookery school.

£400 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£400 reward - Half day hire of the Cookery School

You'll get exclusive use of cookery school for half a day for a supper club, photography shoot, or host your own cookery lesson for your business or project at a mutually agreed time and date.

£800 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£800 reward - Full day Cookery School hire

You'll get exclusive use of cookery school for a full day for a supper club, photography shoot, or host your own cookery lesson for your business or project at a mutually agreed time and date.

£5,000 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£5000 Reward - Cookery School Partner

You'll be one of our five cookery school partners for a year. You'll have use of the spaces twice in the year, and we'll host one exclusive event for up to 30 people with canapes and drinks. Terms and conditions apply. For more information please email: [email protected]

£25,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£25000 - Headline sponsor of the cookery school

Headline sponsorship of the cookery school for one year, full day use of the cookery school five times, and we'll host three exclusive event for up to 50 people with canapes and drinks. Terms and conditions apply. For more information please email: [email protected]

£250 or more

3 of 3 claimed

£250 reward - Launch party invite

You'll get an invite for two people to the exclusive launch party, plus a spatula, tote, apron and pin badge. Launch is likely to be May but we reserve the right to be flexible.

£1,000 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£1000 reward - A 10 person private supperclub

You'll get a 10 person private supper club cooked by Ryan Riley and hosted at the cookery school or at your home. This will include five courses and drinks. To be taken at a mutually agreed date and time.

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