Who would have thought that two years on from first volunteering for The Mill, I would be cooking an authentic curry for hundreds of people at this year’s Garstang Show with my new-found friend Raj?
Cooking is a passion for both of us, so this is really exciting! Our recipes are for a sweet potato, aubergine and pepper curry, and a chicken and mixed bean curry.
Raj has become a good friend during my time volunteering at The Mill – it’s wonderful to do this together in the name of such a good cause.
He has come up with the fantastic name of Fraj’s Kitchen for the occasion, and we’ll be working alongside The Mill Outside – the outside catering service of the café – with profits from the curries going to St Catherine’s.
My father was cared for by St Catherine’s and passed away peacefully here 21 years ago.
We have always been grateful for the support, treatment and compassionate care we experienced as a family, and for my father in the final days of this life.
He was so happy and peaceful, and these memories will always be cherished and never forgotten.
We have been visiting the hospice every year on his birthday, anniversary and for the Light Up A Life dedications, to pay our respects, prayers, and donate for this incredible charity.
So when I first visited The Mill when it initially opened and I heard they wanted volunteers, it was a no-brainer; this was an opportunity to give back to something close to my heart, to make new friends and help towards the mammoth yearly running costs of the hospice.
Working for The Mill is just a privilege and honour, as the end rewards just make me feel happy.