Champneys Henlow

We’re delighted to confirm that Ben Crawley, who came to attention on BBC Look East recently, has passed his interview and joined our team at Henlow.

Ben appeared on a BBC Look East focusing on the rising issue of the region’s growing homeless population. The teenager from Norwich had been living on friends’ sofas and cars.

His story, which aired mid-November, prompted a number of viewers to get in touch – including Champneys co-owner Dorothy Purdew OBE who offered Ben an interview and potential accommodation.

Speaking to BBC Look East, Ben said: “I was shocked, but it’s an opportunity. I’ve worked in kitchens before; I was a trainee chef / kitchen assistant for three years. I’ll have to work up from the bottom, but that doesn’t matter.”

Group Managing Director Alan Whiteley added: “The job is that of a trainee chef working in the kitchen at Henlow. He will be guided by our head chef David and will be given living accommodation in the local village near the resort.”

We wish Ben a long and successful career at Champneys.