Cancer charity Maggie's is working with pastry chef and chocolatier Will Torrent to celebrate Maggie's Kitchen Table Day on Friday 5th May 2017. Kitchen Table Day encourages people nationwide to host events around their kitchen table – be it at work or at home – to raise money for people living with cancer.
Will has provided Maggie's with two recipes, Lemon and Polenta Drizzle Madeleines and Marmalade Madeira Cake, from his new book, Afternoon Tea at Home, so all those who want to take part can make Will's cakes.
Along with the recipes from Will, a Centre visitor from Maggie's Gartnavel has provided a chocolate beetroot brownies recipe, and BBC presenter Kirsty Wark, who is launching the event, has provided her recipe for banana bread.
These recipes will be included in a free fundraising pack that people can register online for to help host events around a kitchen table to raise vital funds for people living with cancer. Whether it's tea and cake at home with friends, a bake sale around the work kitchen table, or more creative events such as 'knitting and cake' parties, silly hat brunches, and 'board game and popcorn' evenings, anyone can get involved.
Will said, "I am delighted to be spreading the word about Maggie's Kitchen Table Day, and to help the charity raise vital funds for all those living with cancer. My new book aims to bring the luxury of an Afternoon Tea experience to your table at home, so my Lemon and Polenta Drizzle Madeleines are the perfect cakes to make and share around the kitchen table for friends and family to enjoy on Kitchen Table Day, whilst also making a huge difference."
Maggie's Chief Executive Laura Lee said, "We're thrilled that Will is celebrating Maggie's Kitchen Table Day with us this year, and helping us to support all those who are living with cancer. His cakes are perfect to share with a cup of tea, which is exactly what we want everyone to do for Kitchen Table Day, so we hope everyone involved enjoys making – and tasting – his recipes.
"Maggie's relies entirely on voluntary donations to allow us to keep on developing our unique programme of free support for people living with cancer. We're very grateful for Will's support and encouragement to raise vital funds that will really make a difference every day at our Centres across the UK."
Maggie's provides practical and emotional support for those living with cancer, with 20 Centres across the UK, online and abroad, and more planned for the future.
At the heart of each Centre is the kitchen table, where people living with cancer and their family and friends can relax with a cup of tea, perhaps join in the conversation and meet a member of Maggie's professional staff. For all Centre visitors, Maggie's kitchen table is a place where they can talk to people who really understand what it means to be living with cancer.