NSPCC and SPAR today (4 July) launched ‘Recipe for ChildLine’, a new initiative to get the people of Cardiff reminiscing, sharing and making their favourite childhood recipes, whilst raising money for the 24 hour helpline for children and young people.
Dishes can range from local traditional dishes such as Bara Brith, passed through the generations to simple classics that stir up special memories, smells and tastes from childhood.
For every recipe that is uploaded to www.spar.co.uk/FoodAndDrink/Recipes/SubmityourRecipe , SPAR will donate £4 to ChildLine, a service of the NSPCC. It costs the NSPCC £4 to answer a call to ChildLine, so every recipe uploaded will make sure there is someone there to answer a child’s call.
Joanna Leonard, local community fundraising manager, will be uploading her favourite recipe for Polish Cake.
She said: “Chocolate Polish Cake was one of my favourite home made treats when I was growing up! I make it now with my own children and it brings back lots of happy memories. I hope my own children will remember how much fun we had when we baked. Recipe for ChildLine is a really great initiative to get families reminiscing and spending time together, while also helping vulnerable children and young people. I hope many more people will get involved and share their favourite recipes.”
Maia Riley, SPAR’s spokesperson for South Wales, said: “Every family has their favourite food from childhood and we’re on a mission to get them cooking it! Whether you like bread and butter pudding with custard, an old fashioned curry or cottage pie, we want as many people as possible to upload their recipes and share their memories in aid of ChildLine.
“SPAR is at the heart of local communities and as a business, we strive to be there for our customers. Last year ChildLine counsellors responded to nearly 670,000 contacts from children and young people about a wide range of concerns, including family relationship problems, bullying and physical abuse.1 Today we are asking our customers to help ChildLine be there for any child who needs support.”
The NSPCC and SPAR have been working in partnership for five years and have already raised over £2.5 million to help protect children across the UK.
Funds raised from ‘Recipe for ChildLine’ will allow the helpline to answer many more calls and online messages from worried or upset children and young people.
To upload your favourite recipe from your childhood visit www.spar.co.uk/FoodAndDrink/Recipes/SubmityourRecipe