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Park Lodge Celebrity Cook Book to raise funds for Childhood Cancer

21 Jun 2018

Ever wondered what culinary creations some of your favourite celebrities like to cook up in their spare time? Now you can find out and try them for yourself, thanks to the pupils at Park Lodge Primary School who have designed a new cookery book entitled ‘Celebrities Really Can Cook’.

The 152-page cookery book has been produced by P7 pupils to raise funds for local charity, The Children’s Cancer Unit Charity. Inspired by their classmate, Matthew McKeegan (11), who is a patient at the Children’s Cancer Unit, the pupils were determined to show thanks to the team that were taking care of him.

Having contacted local and international celebrities to ask for their best-loved dishes and recipes, the book includes entries from the likes of Snow Patrol’s Jonny McDaid, actress Courteney Cox, Northern Ireland Manager, Michael O’Neill, Ulster and Ireland rugby star, Iain Henderson, Tyrone GAA’s Mickey Harte, horseracing legend, AP McCoy, and Mary Berry herself, amongst others.

Primary Seven teacher, Mrs Josephine Harkin explained how the idea for the cook book came about. She said: “On hearing that Matthew had been diagnosed with cancer, we immediately knew that we wanted to do something to show our support. For a class of foodie critiques and celebrity spotters an exciting idea was born – a celebrity endorsed cookery book.

“Creating the book has helped us explain to the children what Matthew is going through and has shown them ways in which we can help in our own, small way. We have received fantastic support from local business i3 Digital and BT, and of course, the celebrities who provided us with their favourite recipes – we are truly grateful to them all. We hope that everyone who buys a book enjoys flicking through the pages and cooking up a storm – all in the knowledge that they have contributed to a wonderful cause.”

Speaking at the launch of the cook book, Jacqueline Wilkinson from The Children’s Cancer Unit Charity added: “We absolutely love how creative and entrepreneurial the pupils here at Park Lodge Primary School have been in designing and selling their new cook book.

“All funds raised through the book will go directly towards supporting the work of the Children’s Caner Unit at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, allowing the team there to continue to provide the best possible treatment and care for children affected by cancer across Northern Ireland.”

The book is being sold at minimum donation of £10 each and can be purchased by contacting the school by phone on 028 90 370686 or through the charity directly on 0771 0436 208.