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Homely recipes to support local hospice

A local man has launched a charity cookbook in memory of his wife to help the specialist care and compassion provided at Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice.

The cookbook, produced by David Hall, is called Auntie Jayne’s Favourite Recipes and is raising money in aid of the local charity. David and Jayne began to create the cookbook in 2020 whilst Jayne, who worked at United Utilities, received care for secondary breast cancer.

David explained, “For many years Jayne was know as Auntie Jayne due to her caring nature for the apprentices, new and existing employees. Jayne would take her home cooked meals and cakes to share with everyone and one day Helen said ‘you should write a cookbook Auntie Jayne.’

“When we found out Jayne had secondary breast cancer our lives were devastated and to give us some focus and hope I said to Jayne ‘should we write that cookbook darling?’ Jayne thought for a second and said that would be lovely, charities are suffering through this pandemic so we will do it for charity to raise much needed funds.

“The Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw cared for Jayne’s mum, Sylvia, so they are close to our hearts for the outstanding care Sylvia received during the final days of her life and the care for our niece, Sarah Hall, who passed with cancer during 2020. So the decision was final, all funds would be donated to the hospice.”

The cookbook includes many of Jayne’s favourite recipes, including Easy-Peasy Chilli Prawns, Malayan Chicken, Key Lime Pie and much more. Jayne, who was affectionately known as Auntie Jayne by the apprentices at United Utilities, took many of the recipes to work for the apprentices and her colleagues to enjoy.

David continued, “We set to thinking about meals Jayne had cooked over the years and picked our favourites. We started well and then as Jayne became more poorly, my focus was on giving Jayne the best care 24/7.

“When Jayne went into hospital on Monday 31 November I was fortunate to be given access to be with Jayne and I was by her bedside day and night and caring for her with support of hospital staff. We spoke about the cookbook and I made a promise to Jayne that I would finish the cookbook and make her proud, I hope we have done that.

“Special thanks for to friends in Mancher Sadie Cunliffe, Graphic Designer, who have turned a dull word document into a lovely A5 cookbook. A special thanks to Jill Glencross Funeral Directors for their generous sponsorship and production of the cookbook.”

More than 400 copies of the cookbook have already been sold, with the money raised helping Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw to provide the highest standards of specialist care and compassion to local people with life limiting illnesses. For a suggested donation of £3 you can pick up your copy of the cookbook in Crumbs in Dalston, Carrock Meats in Dalston, The Dalston Fryer and from Jill Glencross Independent Funeral Directors, Dalston. Alternatively, you can contact David directly by emailing dj1965hall@gmail.com.

2021 is a special and significant year for Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw as it marks three decades of caring for local people with life limiting illnesses. For over 30 years the support of the local community has helped to build the hospice, purchase specialist equipment and provide vital care to local people with life limiting illnesses. Every donation helps the local community.

David concluded, “Jayne was an amazing lady. I was so privileged to have as my wonderful wife.”

To find out more about Auntie Jayne’s Favourite Recipes cookbook please click here.