Hospice launches foodie fundraiser
PUBLISHED: 08:59 09 August 2019 | UPDATED: 09:01 09 August 2019
A children's charity in Wraxall is encouraging people to hold dinner parties and barbecues to raise cash for the cause.
Children's Hospice South West (CHSW) has launched a new fundraising event for foodies to support its vital work and to celebrate family mealtimes.
The charity is asking supporters to host a Cook Eat Give event for friends and family in October and ask guests to make a donation in return.
Hosts can celebrate the hot weather by inviting people round for a barbecue, indulge in some sweet treats with a cream tea or show off their cooking skills by laying on a three-course meal or dinner party.
The new fundraising initiative will help CHSW support more than 500 children with life-limiting conditions and their families at its three children's hospices across the South West.
Fundraising manager Tamara Downes said: "Cook Eat Give is a really easy way for people to get involved in fundraising for Children's Hospice South West.
"Everyone loves a foodie get together - whether it's a barbeque, pizza night or themed dinner party, the choice is yours and you can enjoy your food with the knowledge you are helping us to support local children and families.
"We hope people will join us this October but if that date isn't suitable, people can host a Cook Eat Give anytime.
"Every meal, however large or small, will make a big difference."
Mealtimes are a big part of life at the hospice and during their short stays, all families eat lunch and dinner together around a large dining table alongside hospice staff.
For many families, eating a hot, home-cooked meal together is a rarity due to the care demands on parents alongside their hectic routines.
Families forge relationships with staff and other families who are also being supported by the hospice during mealtimes.
Sarah Benny, a cook at Charlton Farm, said: "Food is really important to our families because they don't always have time to cook fresh food or eat together.
"They really enjoy eating food here because it takes all the pressure of them thinking about what they have to cook and shopping for it."
To find out more about the fundraiser, log onto www.chsw.org.uk/cook or call Charlton Farm or call 01275 866600.