Fam­ily first

A spe­cial fam­ily recipe is fea­tured in a new cook­book set to raise thou­sands of pounds for the Priscilla Ba­con Hos­pice ap­peal.

Norfolk - - NORFOLK FOOD & DRINK -

The urge to meet her first grand­child gave Rose­mary Steven­son the strength to stall can­cer for a few pre­cious months. Within three weeks of baby Ja­cob’s birth, she was in a hos­pice, pre­par­ing for her im­mi­nent death.

Ja­cob’s father Hugo says: “Some of her fi­nal words, when she could no longer hold Ja­cob, but was still aware of his pres­ence, were ‘lit­tle lamb, a lovely boy’ – he had def­i­nitely given her the strength to carry on.”

Al­most 13 years on and Nor­wich School pupils Ja­cob and younger brother Benji Steven­son have ded­i­cated a recipe to their grand­mother in the new fundrais­ing recipe book, Bak­ing for Ba­con, which is ex­pected to raise £20,000 for the Priscilla Ba­con Hos­pice ap­peal.

Af­ter 40 years and with a grow­ing and age­ing lo­cal pop­u­la­tion, the trustees of Priscilla Ba­con Hos­pice launched a £12.5 mil­lion ap­peal in the spring for a new-build 24-bed hos­pice close to the Nor­folk & Nor­wich Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal. The ap­peal cur­rently stands at around £4 mil­lion.

The brain­child of Nor­wich School pupils, the cook­book recipes have been pro­vided by restau­rants and cafes in Nor­folk and Suf­folk, as well as am­a­teur bak­ers, in­clud­ing stu­dents and peo­ple in­volved with the Priscilla Ba­con char­ity.

Hugo adds: “This dish is par­tic­u­larly spe­cial as it re­minds us of a fab­u­lous fam­ily meal from a time when mum was well and made this.” Pro­duc­tion costs of Bak­ing for Ba­con have been un­der­writ­ten by Dar­dan Se­cu­rity, Love­day & Part­ners and The Last Wine Bar, sup­ported by print com­pany Colour Print, en­abling the to­tal cash raised to go di­rectly to the ap­peal.

NBak­ing for Ba­con, ded­i­cated to former Nor­wich School teacher John Walker, who died at Priscilla Ba­con Lodge, is priced at £10, with all prof­its go­ing to the Priscilla Ba­con Hos­pice ap­peal. It is avail­able at lo­cal book­shops in­clud­ing Jar­rold’s book de­part­ment as well as the Priscilla Ba­con Hos­pice char­ity shops in Ayl­sham, Dray­ton, North Wal­sham, Sheringham, Stal­ham and Taver­ham, and at priscil­l­aba­con­hos­pice.org.uk

ABOVE: Richard Hughes, chef di­rec­tor of the As­sem­bly House Nor­wich and owner of the Richard Hughes Cook­ery School, di­rects Ja­cob (left) and Benji at a photo shoot for the Bak­ing for Ba­con cook­book BE­LOW: Proud granny Rose­mary Steven­son with baby Ja­cob

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