Elderly cook up a tasty fund-raising idea

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A CHARITY cook book which has taken a year to compile has finally gone on sale.

Linda Steele, manager at Grovewood House Care Home in South Charlton had the idea to create a book – called Don’t Be Slow Have A Go – made up entirely of submitted recipes from residents and staff at the home, as well as their friends and family.

There is also a recipe from the Duchess of Northumberland.

The book has an international flavour as well, with recipes from across the world highlighting the different nationalities of residents and their families.

Linda said: “It has really been quite a challenge. It has taken nearly a year. It’s one of those things, you think about doing something you start it and then think, what have I done that for?

“I have paid for it myself and the money raised from it will go to the residents’ fund.

“Some of the recipes are quite old and have been handed down over the years.

“One of our families live in Sweden so we have a recipe from there, another was from Germany so their daughter has given us German recipes and we also have some from the Middle East.

“It has been really good fun doing it but hard work.

“I’m pleased that the Duchess has also put a recipe in. We wanted to have someone well-known.

“The only sad thing is that because it has taken so long some of the recipes were given by residents who have now passed away. But we have included them, with permission, in memory of them.”

The cook book is on sale at the home and costs £8.