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Hull people share culinary secrets to raise cash for Red Cross fire support service

For immediate release 25 November
For further information Clare O’Keefe
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Keen cook, Lesley Butcher, from Hessle has compiled a unique book of recipes to raise money for the British Red Cross’ fire and emergency support service (FESS) in Hull.

The pocket sized recipe book has over 70 recipes donated by Lesley’s family, friends and colleagues at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, where she has worked for the past 20 years. It also features recipes donated by celebrity chefs Ainsley Harriot, Gary Rhodes and Rick Stein.

All funds raised from the sale of the book will go towards the Red Cross fire and emergency support service in Hull, which helps people whose homes have been damaged by a fire or flood. Highly trained local volunteers arrive at the scene of a fire in a specially adapted vehicle stocked with food, clothing and supplies to give shelter to the families or individuals affected. They can also give vital emotional support and help people arrange temporary housing or insurance claims.
Lesley, who is a learning and development co-ordinator at Humberside Fire and Rescue said: “It’s a fantastic service and working at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, I’ve seen first hand what a difference it can make to people.

“I had the idea for the recipe book a few years ago, so I’m really grateful to everyone who has donated recipes for their signature dishes and to the Service for supporting the initiative.”

The book features special recipes from around the globe such as Moussaka, Chicken Jalfrezi and Pork and Pineapple Koftas, as well as tried and tested family recipes from closer to home such as stews and hotpots. There are also some delicious desserts including a recipe for Bread and Butter Pudding donated by Gary Rhodes, which will go down a treat over the winter months.

“Growing up, my mum was a chef at Brantingham Thorpe in Brantingham, near Brough, so I’ve always been interesting in cooking. I’m a keen cook myself and have included quite a few of my own favourite recipes, which I hope people will enjoy. I have also researched many of the dishes and the ingredients used, so there’s a bit of a history lesson, as well as kitchen fire safety advice” she continued.

Dee Philips, who started volunteering for the Red Cross in 1987 and set up the fire an emergency support service in Hull in 1993 said: “We’re absolutely delighted that Lesley has created this special recipe book to raise funds for our fire and emergency support service in Hull.

“There are some fantastic recipes in there, which I’m sure people will enjoy for years to come – especially knowing that all the funds raised will go towards helping people in and around Hull during what can be a traumatising experience.”

So far in 2011, local volunteers have attended 17 incidents in Hull and East Yorkshire, helping over 45 people, including mum, Teela Nicholas and two of her children following a blaze at their home in Hessle two weeks ago.

The booklet costs just £2 and can be bought from Lesley directly with a small postage cost. You can contact Lesley at

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer for the Red Cross’ fire and emergency support service in Hull contact Dee Phillips at or visit



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