Asha Mehta from Heald Green, has been a supporter of St Ann’s Hospice for many years, following her diagnosis with cancer in 2012. The book, ‘A Good Plateful – Traditional recipes from an Indian family’s kitchen’, has been written in aid of the hospice, which has to raise more than £16,000 every day to keep the doors of its three Greater Manchester sites open.
I came up with the idea of compiling a cookbook as I wanted to do something different to raise funds for St Ann’s Hospice. Despite the successful treatment of my cancer, I have suffered from severe side effects for many years. St Ann’s Hospice has helped to treat these side effects and dramatically improve my lifestyle. It’s lovely to be able to give something back to such a worthy charity that is still continuing to give me outstanding support. I feel it’s extremely important that people continue to try and raise money for hospices which simply could not survive without the support and generosity they receive from local individuals and groups within our community. Asha Mehta
Asha has had the support of her husband Dushyant and chef Daksha Mistry, a finalist of the BBC’s Masterchef, in the production of the book. Daksha and many supporters have contributed some recipes of their own for inclusion. Mr Najeeb Ullah supported with design and print services, whilst Dr Jajoo from Jaipur Palace Restaurant, JJ Catering and JJ Entertainment sponsored the cost of the printing.
Eamonn O’Neal, chief executive of St Ann’s, said: “What a fabulous book, and a great way to support the hospice. We’re really grateful to Asha and to everyone who has helped with its production and are looking forward to trying some of the recipes. Every penny raised will make a huge difference to the patients we care for, so a big thank you from everyone here at the hospice.”
*To find out more, or for a copy of the book, please contact Kathryn Sexton at St Ann’s Hospice on 0161 498 3631 or email firstname.lastname@example.org