Newark-based Help Us Grieve (HUG) enlisted the help of professional chef and TV personality Kwoklyn Wan to create the cookbook
A baby loss and grief charity is launching a competition where the winners will have their favourite comfort recipe published in a cookbook.
Newark-based Help Us Grieve (HUG) has enlisted the help of professional chef and TV personality Kwoklyn Wan to create the cookbook, with the recipes being nicknamed as ‘delicious HUGS’.
Anyone can submit a recipe before a deadline of 5pm on Thursday, September 30.
The recipe book will be full of go-to-meals, comfort meals and quick and easy snacks from Kwoklyn and founder of HUG, Amy Everatt, in addition to five new entries from the public.
Amy established HUG in 2017 after she lost two babies in a 12-month period, and found there was little emotional support available for someone who has suffered the loss of a baby.
HUG has allowed Amy and husband Oliver to create a strong support network that offers relatable experience and advice to those navigating their way through the grief of losing a baby.
Amy said: “For me, I lost all motivation to cook when I knew my babies weren’t coming home with us; my appetite disappeared completely, and hours turned into days with the shock.
“What I needed were my favourites; shepherd’s pie, chilli and rice — easy throw-in-the-oven dishes and grab-snacks that required no thinking.
“The support we have received from Kwoklyn Wan and his team has been amazing, his compassion and understanding really encapsulates what we’re aiming to achieve by launching the book.”
Aside from being a regular on the Channel 4 show Steph’s Packed Lunch and Chinese Takeaway Kitchen on Amazon Prime, Kwoklyn is an ambassador for HUG.
He said: “While it’s impossible for me to even begin to understand what the families they support have been through, I can empathise with that all too familiar tug at our mental wellbeing that most of us suffer from time to time, and the recent pandemic and periods of isolation have brought this very much to the fore for many.
“In times of stress or upset I personally need to focus on something to help me through; food, whether that be writing about it, cooking and teaching, or just sitting down with a bowl of my favourite comforting dish, is and always has been my ‘go to’ for restoring my positive mindset. And so, my idea for a cookbook in support of HUG was born.”
Recipies, should be sent with a full name, location and story of why it’s a favourite to firstname.lastname@example.org