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What is Pilot Light?

Pilot Light is a campaign designed to change the way people think and act about mental health within the hospitality industry by addressing specific industry-related contexts, attitudes and environments found in professional kitchens and throughout the broader hospitality sector.

Founded by chefs Andrew Clarke and Doug Sanham, the campaign is unapologetically bold in its approach to combating mental health stigma and hopes to act as a beacon of support to those affected by common-place issues such as depression.

As a global social good company, we are wholly committed to raising awareness and providing support to the thousands in the workforce. By bringing together individuals, restaurants and businesses to work together, we will drive real, direct, effective changes towards making their environment a safe, supported and happy one.

Through fundraising and your help, our plan is to educate, provide valuable content, training, resources, information and develop technologies that will gel the community together. Along with our dedicated teams of mental health advisors, our focus will be on prevention and support for all those that need it.

With the donations received, we will be investing in a number of initiatives that will enrich our industry and make it a better place to work in.

Hospitality Action, Mind and Samaritans provide further professional support when it’s needed.

    Our stories

  • Darryl Quested

    I always find it difficult to explain my anxiety and depression to people, it all began with me at a young age, being diagnosed with GAD and depression at the age of 13 (the year my mother was first diagnosed with cancer) Read More

  • Doug Sanham

    I had a head chef, who, after I first tried to kill myself really stepped up to help me. He was really supportive. Really drove me. But still I could not speak. I just always said I’m okay. And there are times where I still say ‘I’m okay’... Read More

  • James Douglas

    Before my entire world began to collapse around me, I thought I had everything under control.  I thought I had it all together and from the outside, to those looking in, I did. Read More

  • Hannah Clare

    I have had issues with my mental health as long as I can remember, I have always been a natural performer and carer, just wanting to spread some joy and putting others before myself. Read More

  • Thomas William Greig

    Dark days can happen!! I moved back up north in 2016 for a year, with the intention of doing something for myself. I was sick of working for people who didn’t give a care about you. Read More

  • Chantelle Kallmeier

    Take a large bowl of high-profile customers, elevated levels of expectation and scrutiny, then fold in immense amounts of stress-induced adrenaline. Read More

  • Selin Kiazim

    I come from a culture that does not see depression as a ‘thing’ - legitimate, common, or otherwise. Read More

  • Jamie Tandoh

    Our day begins at 5am. We open the doors early and wave goodbye to the last customers nearly 10 hours later. Read More

We cannot do this alone! Together, we can create a community of like-minded professionals united by a common cause: to shine a light on these issues and act as a beacon of support to those affected by them.

Contact us at info@pilotlightcampaign.co.uk to continue this conversation.