New kitchen sprouts up for Sheffield cancer charity

Brussel Sprouts have been helping raise money for PACT House on Western Bank, Sheffield. Eleanor Thompson, ten, and Nathan Padgett, 12, centre,  tuck into the food prepared
Brussel Sprouts have been helping raise money for PACT House on Western Bank, Sheffield. Eleanor Thompson, ten, and Nathan Padgett, 12, centre, tuck into the food prepared

THE lives of children with cancer are being made a little easier thanks to volunteers who transformed their Sheffield home-from-home in a single weekend.

The PACT house, next to the Children’s Hospital, has offered accommodation for young cancer patients and their families since it opened in 1998.

Now it has been renovated thanks to the Parents’ Association of Children with Tumours and Leukaemia, which secured an ex-display kitchen from Magnet in Chesterfield. It was free as long as volunteers dismantled and installed it.

PACT dad Kevin Jacobs rallied helpers to complete the project over a weekend, adding new patio doors.

The kitchen was launched with the help of the award-winning Silversmiths restaurant. Healthy eating is vital to the children’s recovery, so owner Justin Rowntree, head chef Lee Mangles and manager Kirsty Clark performed the honours with a cookery session for two of the resident families.

A dish was taken from PACT’s Once A Sprout recipe book, which has over 40 sprout recipes and has already raised £7,000.