A new cookbook, produced by Norfolk sixthformers, is set to raise thousands of pounds for the Priscilla Bacon Hospice appeal
How a recipe collection will help a charity appeal
At more than 100 pages, Baking for Bacon is packed full of recipes which have been provided by restaurants and cafes in Norfolk and Suffolk, as well as from amateur bakers, including students at Norwich School and those involved with the charity.
Ruby Landis, aged 17, who designed the book, explained: “At Norwich School, we have a society called Young Chamber, linked to the Chamber of Commerce. Each year we undertake a project, and this year we decided to make a cookbook for charity – but we had no idea how far it would go.”
With guidance from Anna Stevenson, director of Stevenson Consulting PR and Marketing agency, the group supported the Priscilla Bacon Hospice appeal, and has dedicated the book to former Norwich School teacher John Walker, who died at Priscilla Bacon Lodge in the city.
With a print run of 2,000, Baking for Bacon is expected to net the appeal £20,000.
After 40 years and with a growing and ageing local population, the trustees of the Hospice decided to build a new state-of-the-art centre, this year launching the Priscilla Bacon Hospice appeal, seeking £12.5 million for the new-build 24-bed hospice to be built on a semirural site close to the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital. Currently, the appeal stands at just over £3.7 million.
Meanwhile, as well as support from local restaurants and chefs, the Norwich School sixthformers ran a competition to give eight students the opportunity to have their recipe featured in the book, in memory of a loved one. The winners recently cooked their recipes, overseen by Richard Hughes and his team at the city’s Assembly House, with professional photos of their plates taken by Keiron Tovell.
Hugo Stevenson, head of fundraising and communications for the Priscilla Bacon Hospice appeal, explained: “Key to the success of the project are three local businesses – Dardan Security, Loveday & Partners and The Last Wine Bar – which have generously sponsored the full production costs, which have been further subsidised by print company Colour Print, enabling the total raised to go directly towards the appeal.
“We would not have been able to create such a successful project without their generous support – £20,000 will fully equip one of the single bedrooms in the new hospice once it is built, a really exciting goal for Norwich School students who have worked incredibly hard on this project.”
The book will be launched on October 15, priced at £10, with all profits going to the Priscilla Bacon Hospice appeal. It will be available at the Priscilla Bacon Hospice charity shops in Aylsham, Drayton, North Walsham, Sheringham, Stalham and Taverham, as well as the website priscillabaconhospice.org.uk
For help and advice on backing the appeal, email hugosteven[email protected] priscillabaconhospice.org.uk or call the fundraising team on 0330 223 4274.
ABOVE: Savoury Japanese pancake by Arjun Kamath BELOW: Hugo Stevenson, Ellyn Roberts from Norwich School; Richard Hughes, Esther Wiggins and Glen Manton, and Ruby Landis from Norwich