Young people from Hounslow cooked up a storm and helped raise £390 for the Mayor's charities at the Bees Cafe in Brentford.

A group of five, 16 to 24-year-olds, put on their aprons and got behind the stove at The Docking Station (aka Bees Cafe) to dish up a three-course meal to guests, as part of a six week course which includes work experience at the cafe combined with drumming up funds for charity.

Mayor Corinna Smart attended the event alongside representatives from the two charities Alex Robb from London Wildlife Trust (Crane Park Project) and Jan Griffiths from Hounslow Food Box.

Mayor of Hounslow Corinna Smart tucks into three course meal prepared by young people on work experience
 

The government funded course is delivered by The Bridge who help young people get back into work.

A majority of those selected are from Hounslow with some from neighbouring borough Hammersmith and Fulham.

The referrals come from places like the job centre.

The initiative is supported by Hilton Heathrow who have in previous years have employed youngsters following the course.

In January, David Cameron dropped by the Brentford cafe to hear from small businesses.