Posted on Friday 16 November 2018
Children supported by CLIC Sargent test Morrisons’ new Little Kitchen range
A range of kids meals that have been tried and tested by CLIC Sargent’s very own ‘Little Tasters’ has been launched at Morrisons.
The Little Kitchen range, aimed at kids aged four to six, includes delicious ready meals like Fruity Chicken Curry, Ham, Sweetcorn and Pea Carbonara, and Sausage, Mash and Beans, as well as Haddock and Sweet Potato Nuggets and Pumpkin, Sweetcorn and Red Pepper Nuggets. Every pack sold will help raise £300,000 for CLIC Sargent over the next two years.
Six children who have been supported by CLIC Sargent were invited to make up the tasting panel back in July, to help taste and shape the range. Oliver, AJ, Lily, Lilly Hannah and Ella told the Morrisons team what they liked best about the range. And meals that didn’t stack up were scrapped!
Donna Murphy, whose children Oliver, three, AJ, eight, and Lily, one, were on the taste panel, said:
Oliver loved it! He wants to be a chef and he loves having a go in the kitchen. The kids absolutely loved the meals."
“They kept asking when they would be able to eat more! If I cook Lily pasta at home, she throws it at me. But she loved the Little Kitchen pasta.”
Oliver was full of energy in his role as Little Taster. But he is still on treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and will be until September 2020. His GP initially told his mum he was a ‘badly behaved boy’ after his symptoms made it too difficult to walk. After several trips to different doctors, Donna finally got the devastating diagnosis.
“We were frightened, because we didn’t know what it meant for him” said Donna, whose third child, Lily, was only six months old when Oliver was diagnosed.
“Oliver was so poorly, he had to stay in hospital on Christmas Day. We thought we were going to lose him. Not only was Oliver so poorly, but we were struggling financially. We were travelling back and forth to hospital several times a week, and that meant lots of trips to the petrol station, parking and expensive hospital meals.
“One of the hardest things about it has been the impact on family life. My oldest son AJ is 7, but he doesn’t understand. When he was poorly with a bug, he would want his mummy but I couldn’t be with him. And that was so upsetting. He would go into school not knowing who was picking him up. And my mum has had to quit work to care for Lily. Lily has never even been to a play gym. We can’t go because Oliver has a weakened immune system, and there are just too many germs.”
But CLIC Sargent has been there to help limit the damage cancer causes. They paid for grants so the family could afford new clothes for Oliver when his weight ballooned, and again when his steroids stopped and he wouldn’t eat.
The family also had a CLIC Sargent social worker who helped the family find out the benefits they were entitled to, and even filled out the lengthy Disability Living Allowance form on their behalf. When AJ was having trouble at school, their CLIC Sargent social worker met with the school to give them tools to support AJ and the family.
Donna added: “They take care of everything, so we can just concentrate on being a family. I don’t know where we would be without CLIC Sargent’s support.”
To pick up Little Kitchen products, head to your local Morrisons store. And don’t forget to share your pictures of your own ‘Little Tasters’ enjoying their meals with us on Twitter – please tag @CLIC_Sargent.
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