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