Jessie’s Cakes For Kids
Fundraising book launched to help Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic Fibrosis Swinford Volunteers work hard to raise funds for CF. Throughout the year they organise various events and raffles, often small events like cake sales but this year, one such volunteer, Philomena Noyes, has come up with a very novel way of raising funds – a little cookery book for children.
Philomena’s own daughter, Debbie, sadly died from this terrible disease when she was just sixteen and Philomena now helps care for an 11 year old girl with Cystic Fibrosis called Jessie. Her sister Julia also has the same disease but it was Jessie that inspired the idea of creating the book. Jessie loves to bake, so between them they came up with the idea of writing a little book to share Jessie’s favourite recipes and raise some funds for CF. This simple idea is turning out to be a very succesful one, Jessie’s book is even due to feature in Easy Food Magazine next month. As well as the book, They have also produced some lovely ‘Say It With Cake’ recipe/greeting cards.
Jessie’s cakes for kids book and recipe cards was launched in the McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris on Wednesday 1st October. About 600 people turned up to support the event, which was hosted by Twink. The event was also attended by Fionnuala Kenny (Enda Kenny’s wife). There was plenty of demonstrations and competitions on the night. Sheila Flaherty was there to give Michael Commins from Midwest Radio a lesson on how to decorate a gateau and Adrian Marren, Captain of the Silgo GAA team went head-to-head with Colm Boyle of the Mayo GAA team to see who was best at icing a cake!
The night was a great success and all the proceeds raised went to the Cystic Fibrosis Building Fund at Mayo General Hospital.
On Sale Now
Both the recipe cards and books are still available to buy (cards are €1.50 each and the book is €5) and they can be obtained at ‘Second Thoughts’ Charity Shop or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
They are also widely available in local shops throughout Mayo.
Below you can read the first page of Jessie’s Book -:
My name is Jessie Calter.
I was four years old when I was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, six months later my older sister Julia was also diagnosed with the same disease.
My mum and dad were very quiet and sat on the sofa and cried.
My life changed after I was told I had CF, I have to take tablets every time I have any food.
I get a lot of chest infections and I need to take a lot of medicine to keep me well. It’s a lot of hard work and worry for my mum and dad, and when either myself or my sister have to go to hospital, it can be hard for them to juggle everything.
I can’t be around people that smoke, as it makes me cough.
One of the things I like best is baking and cooking, sometimes when Julia has to spend time in hospital, I go to Philomena’s house and we spend the whole time making and icing cakes.
Philomena’s daughter had CF, so my mum trusts her to mind me, as she knows what its like to have a child with CF.
As I love making cakes so much, I decided to make this little booklet to share my favourite recipes.
All proceeds go to Cystic Fibrosis.
Thank you for buying it.
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