Family and local school create their own cookbook and raise £1,300

Kettering mum Sarah Dawson has joined forces with her son’s nursery school to raise £1,300 for CLIC Sargent following her son’s cancer diagnosis.

Family and local school create their own cookbook and raise £1,300

Spearheaded by nursery leader Jo Considine, they pulled together a collection of family recipes from the children who attend the school and created their very own cookbook.

Three-year-old Sam joined Rothwell Victoria Nursery and Infants School in September 2016. This is a big step for any child but for Sam it was a little bit more profound.

12 months previously he had been diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour which required immediate treatment. He spent many months in the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford getting over major brain surgery and having radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment. 

Sam was very poorly during his treatment and he couldn’t walk, talk, see, speak or swallow for many weeks. Amazingly, he recovered and exceeded expectations in every way and the tumour is now under control. 

An inspiration

Jo Considine said; “Sam is an amazing little boy, and his family have been a great inspiration to us all.

"We talked to Sarah about an idea of producing a cookbook of family recipes used by the children who attend the school, and selling it to raise money in Sam’s name.”

The idea was supported by local business BSH Home Appliances, which agreed to support the project and provided design and marketing expertise, as well as producing the book itself.  

Sarah Dawson said: “We feel very humble and thankful to everyone who came together and supported CLIC Sargent in Sam's name.

"One of the many things that CLIC Sargent provides is family accommodation, free of charge, just a five minute walk from the John Radcliffe Hospital."

“What CLIC Court did was give us a chance to have some sort of family life and routine in the most difficult of circumstances and this helped us no end. 

"Our CLIC Sargent Social Worker Victoria and her colleagues Karen and Sheila were a fantastic emotional support and provided practical advice too.”

CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Claire Herrick said: “There’s no rhyme or reason why someone gets cancer when they are young and it is such a difficult time for families which is why we want to be there as much as the family want us to be."

Mum Sarah said: “Sam has now graduated from nursery and is in reception year with his friends who all look out for him. He's a happy little boy who's making the most of life and we couldn't be prouder.” 

Find out more

To find out how you can organise your own event for CLIC Sargent, please contact CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Claire Herrick on 07787 163 098 or email: