Yeovil College staff create cookbook to raise cash

Yeovil Express: DEBBIE Guppy, Karen Clotworthy and staff who have donated recipes, Laura Milligan, Val Holdsworth, Tiggy Glover, principal James Hampton, Debbie Guppy, Karen Clotworthy, Angela Coward, Sarah Dunstan, Sarah Massey and Jane Allen. DEBBIE Guppy, Karen Clotworthy and staff who have donated recipes, Laura Milligan, Val Holdsworth, Tiggy Glover, principal James Hampton, Debbie Guppy, Karen Clotworthy, Angela Coward, Sarah Dunstan, Sarah Massey and Jane Allen.

STAFF at Yeovil College have created a cookbook to raise money for Yeovil District Hospital’s Oncology unit, where a colleague is being treated for cancer.

The book, called ‘Let’s Cook!’, includes nearly 50 different recipes donated by members of staff at Yeovil College. 

They include delicious cakes and biscuits, such as chocolate brownies, fudge slices, date and walnut cake, fast lemon crunch, Queen Mother’s Flapjack and HRT cake, yummy desserts like apple pudding cake, Bakewell tarts and skinny fit raspberry mess and main courses, such as cheesy vegetable curry, sausage and onion pie, quick carbonara, paprika beef and homemade burgers. 

All the dishes are tried and tested firm favourites of the staff involved.

‘Let’s Cook!’ was the brainchild of Debbie Guppy. 

She said: “The inspiration for this book has come from Karen Clotworthy, who has been so brave in her ongoing battle with secondary breast cancer. 

"The funds raised from it will go to the Oncology Unit at Yeovil District Hospital.  Thank you to everyone who buys a copy, our principal James Hampton, head of marketing and communications Lisa Pyrke and print room manager Mike Sullivan for their support in getting this cookbook printed and to all our friends and colleagues who contributed their fantastic recipes.”

Ms Clotworthy said: “The shock of my cancer diagnosis and the wonderful support which I’ve received from the staff at Yeovil District Hospital and the Oncology Unit made it an easy choice when Debbie spoke to me about this great idea for a charity fundraising cookbook. 

"The support I’ve received from my friends and co-workers at Yeovil College are evidenced by this fabulous book and I hope it will raise a lovely amount and help to support others in a similar position.  I am really looking forward to trying out the recipes!"

An initial run of 100 copies has been produced and are already selling well. 

Yeovil College Principal James Hampton is among those who have supported the project, which includes a recipe donated by his wife, Yee Tak. 

Mr Hampton said “I was delighted when Debbie approached me with an idea to raise funds and was even more pleased when she described a recipe book drawn from our colleagues.

"I hope everyone who buys a copy enjoys working their way through the recipes and I’m sure there will be plenty of friends and family willing to try the results!

"While we cannot guarantee the recipes’ health benefits, you can at least have the satisfaction of knowing that you have helped the health of others receiving treatment at Yeovil District Hospital.”

‘Let’s Cook!’ is being produced as a spiral bound hard copy and a pdf. 

The suggested donation is £5 and all proceeds will go to the Oncology Unit at Yeovil District Hospital. 

For more information, email info@yeovil.ac.uk

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