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Norwich church cookbook helps ebola orphans 

Members of St Thomas’ Church in Norwich have produced a Sweet Treats for Street Child cook book to raise money for ebola orphans in West Africa. The professional quality recipe book is an ideal Christmas present.
By Helen Baldry


The Sweet Treats for Street Child project was led by Rachel Holman, a member of the church who was inspired by her passion for baking, sharing recipes and the desire to help children in Sierra Leone struggling to survive in the aftermath of the Ebola epidemic in 2014. 
Rachel said, “I’ve found that wherever you are in the world, food brings people together.  I have a passion for baking and have grown to love the cakes and bakes made by members of our church when we’ve had bake-sale fundraisers.”
The idea behind the cookbook was two-fold: first to act as a platform to grow ties within the church congregation and local community by sharing recipes, and second to reach the children and families helped by Street Child, a charity established by another member of St Thomas Church.
Rachel said, “Sweet Treats for Street Child has been an excellent lesson in collaborative team work and, due to the talents of our group of volunteers, has come together into a very beautiful book that has gone far and above what I could have ever imagined at the beginning of the project.”
RachelHolman2Rachel hopes that this book will sell enough copies to help fund many of the 1,400 children who were made orphans due to the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, and provide them with a much brighter future. It is exactly one year since Sierra Leone was declared Ebola-free, yet many children’s lives are hanging in the balance, without enough food for each day. Street Child wants to transform their lives long-term by providing an education, family and rehabilitation.
The stunning book is entirely desserts, including over 60 favourite recipes from Norwich spanning cakes, biscuits, tarts, traybakes, puddings, and other delicious sugary delights. There are also a few West African recipes for those that feel adventurous. 
All profits from the book, which is on sale for £12, will go directly to Street Child. Additional donations are gratefully received to help change the lives of these vulnerable children.
Click here to buy online or purchase your copy from Sanctuary Coffee Shop on Grove Walk or at St Thomas Norwich in the morning and evening services throughout December.

To learn more about Street Child visit

Pictured top: Rachel with the cookbook and below with her son Harrison

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