Cookbook is recipe for fundraising success

Pictured is Jenny Cooch, who has created a recipe book to raise funds for the Pancreatic Cancer Charity.
Pictured is Jenny Cooch, who has created a recipe book to raise funds for the Pancreatic Cancer Charity.
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A WOMAN with terminal cancer who was given just weeks to live over a year ago has published a recipe book to raise money for research.

The Secret Cookbook by Jenny Cooch, from Great Brington, has already raised more than £3,000 for pancreatic cancer research before it is even officially launched.

Mrs Cooch, 61, said: “I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a year ago, and was given a few weeks to live.

“The fact I’m still here is unusual for the disease. I’m extremely lucky that I’ve got through a year.”

Mrs Cooch has just started her third bout of chemotherapy.

She said: “Pancreatic cancer is something you don’t hear much about and it’s one of the deadliest cancers. I realised there was very little research being done into it.

“Six months ago I thought I wanted to do something to raise money for research into the disease. I was a caterer myself and I’ve always loved cooking, so creating a cookbook seemed the natural thing.

“I went out and collected secret recipes from people – the kind of special recipes people don’t like giving away the secret of. The book has 200 recipes covering all aspects of cooking.”

An official launch for the book is being held at the Saracen’s Head, Little Brington, from 6.30pm on Wednesday, where Mrs Cooch will be signing copies.

Mrs Cooch said: “We’ve also had someone very kindly donate the paper, and someone else made a large donation to fund the printing costs, so every penny goes to charity.

“I thought it might be popular because I know people locally have their favourite dishes from their friends that they want the recipes for, but we’re on our second print run and looking at a third.

“It’s wonderful to see it being so well supported. I’d like to thank Sarah and Duncan at the Saracen’s Head too.”

The book will be available for sale at Great Brington Post Office.