Five young people with experience of cancer have been given the chance to create a series of recipes with top chefs at Morrisons, to help raise awareness of CLIC Sargent – the supermarket’s charity partner.
Five young women, aged 14 – 22 were invited by Morrisons and CLIC Sargent to the chain’s Bradford head office to get experience of working in the supermarket test kitchen. They chatted with staff about the partnership between Morrisons and CLIC Sargent, and got busy creating six autumnal recipes for Halloween and Bonfire Night. The recipes, which arrive in stores this week and next week were sampled and tweaked by the panel to create a series of fun and tasty dishes for customers to try at home.
During their visit, the young people – who were all supported by CLIC Sargent - shared stories of their own experiences of cancer treatment and found out how Morrisons will help the charity support other children and young people facing cancer.
Roisin Smith, 19, from Barnsley, said:
“Working with Morrisons was brilliant because, apart from the fact there was lots of free food I also got to meet some amazing young people. We all had different experiences with cancer and sharing them was very powerful and emotional.”
Roisin helped create a battered cauliflower dish, while Conisbrough teen Caitilin created Halloween-themed jelly lanterns and firework sausage twists. Caitilin, who in August marked being a year cancer free after three months treatment for ovarian cancer, added: “It was such a fun day. We got to try lots of delicious dishes and meet other people who understand our cancer experience, from all over the UK. CLIC Sargent helped all of us in different ways, from providing a social worker to help with the emotional impact of cancer, to giving grants to help us pay for travel to hospital or bills.”
Halloween and Bonfire Night treats
Morrisons Head Chef Richard Jones led the session, creating dishes including Halloween jelly lanterns and spooky mummy pizzas, alongside chocolate-dipped mallows, firework sausage twirls, spicy sticky chicken drumsticks and battered cauliflower.
Kate Lightfoot, Senior Account Manager at CLIC Sargent, said: “Morrisons are providing invaluable support to our CLIC Sargent families – not just through their incredible fundraising, but also through their commitment to working with children and young people to help them get experiences such as this.”
Further recipe days with CLIC Sargent young people and children are planned in the run-up to Christmas, which Instore Marketing Manager, Robert Perrett hopes will raise awareness of the in charity’s invaluable work. He said: “We are delighted to work with a charity that makes such a tangible difference to the lives of children, young people and families affected by cancer. At Morrisons, we want to raise £8m for CLIC Sargent, but we also want to raise awareness of the work they do to help limit the damage cancer causes beyond health and we hope these recipe cards will achieve that.”
Morrisons colleagues chose CLIC Sargent to be its charity partner following a staff vote in January this year. The three year partnership has a target of £8m that will transform the support CLIC Sargent can give to young people facing cancer. The money raised will provide five new nurse educators, who can educate other health, social care and education professionals close to patients’ homes so they don’t need to travel miles for specialist care. It will also fund Home Hubs next to specialist cancer treatment hospitals, so families can take a break from hospital life or do simple things like wash clothes and prepare a meal. The partnership fundraising will also allow CLIC Sargent to extend the grants it offers to families to ease the financial burden of cancer, which is on average £600 a month per family.