Wirral chef cooks up Mother’s Day feast for mums with kids in hospital
A kind-hearted local chef treated mums with seriously ill children in hospital to a scrumptious meal yesterday (Sunday 6 March) to celebrate Mother’s Day.
Craig Brooker, who is the culinary genius at the luxurious RiverHill Hotel in Oxton, Birkenhead, was given a day off work specially to cook a surprise Sunday roast for the mums staying at Ronald McDonald House Arrowe Park.
The House, one of 14 across the UK, provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation to families with sick children being treated at Arrowe Park Hospital.
Craig is currently staying at the House, run by independent charity Ronald McDonald House Charities, with his partner Jenny after their little girl Zoe was born prematurely at 25 weeks. The facility - situated within the hospital itself - enables them to be just seconds away from their newborn daughter.
Kathyrn Whitehead, Acting House Manager, says: “We are so thankful to Craig; it really made a difference to the mums staying with us whilst their children are ill in hospital.
“We decided to buy the ingredients as our treat, but Craig definitely deserves all the credit as he prepared, cooked and served a beautiful meal that I’m sure won’t be forgotten anytime soon!”
Craig added: “I just wanted to do something a bit different for the families staying at the House over Mother’s Day. The mums in particular are going through a really difficult time and deserved to be spoilt on their special day.”
To find out more about Ronald McDonald House Charities and how to support the Charity directly, visit: www.rmhc.org.uk
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Notes to editors
1. Ronald McDonald House Arrowe Park is run by Ronald McDonald House Charities - an independent charity that provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation at hospitals across the UK. The Charity enables seriously ill children to have their families close by when they are undergoing treatment and allows them to maintain a degree of normal family life.
2. There are 14 Ronald McDonald Houses in the UK and in 2015, they helped support over 7,000 families with children in hospital. In 2015, Ronald McDonald House Arrowe Park helped 86 families stay close to their children in hospital.
3. Ronald McDonald House Charities relies on the generosity of supporters and fundraisers, including McDonald’s customers, without whom it would be unable to continue its work.
4. The Charity was founded in 1989 and has been keeping families together for more than 25 years.