Some extremely unfortunate news reached us this month regarding one of hospitality’s most well-known and respected personalities. Sadly, Murray Chapman was recently diagnosed with frontal lobe dementia and motor neurone disease.

The founder of the A Passion to Inspire not-for-profit began experiencing symptoms in late 2021 and was finally diagnosed earlier this year. This means he will require specialist equipment in order to maintain a quality of life and a GoFundMe campaign has been set up to raise £50,000.

“I can’t put into words the feelings of despair I felt upon hearing the news of Murray’s diagnosis,” said Tuesday Foster, a colleague who set up the GoFundMe. “Since then, the enormity of what this means for Murray and his family, and the challenges they will face as this cruel disease takes hold, is starting to become a reality, and one they cannot escape from, but one they must meet head-on. They will need to be brave and allow their friends and industry community to help in whichever way they can.

“Our hope for a cure one day will keep us going, but for now looking after Murray's mental and physical health and wellbeing is paramount. Thank you for anything you can donate, it is deeply appreciated.”

I’m sure many will be inspired to dig deep to aid someone who has spent so long helping so many over the years. For more information, please go to