Hospice volunteers set to cook up a storm at Garstang Show

Garstang Show curry - Rajesh Jinabhai and Frazana Crompton (12)Two volunteers who give their time to support St Catherine’s Hospice’s café and outside catering service will be cooking up a storm at this year’s Garstang Show – as they showcase two of their own recipes and use their love of food to support a good cause.

Rajesh Jinabhai and Frazana Crompton are both volunteers at The Mill Café and its associated outside catering service, The Mill Outside.

Now the two are set to go beyond their usual duties, by creating, cooking and serving two mouth-watering curries at the Garstang Show on August 5th. It will set up shop as Fraj’s Kitchen, with all proceeds used to support the hospice charity.

The recipes are for a sweet potato, aubergine and pepper curry, and a chicken and mixed bean curry, each developed by the talented duo.

Frazana said: “Cooking is a passion for both me and Raj so being asked to do this is really exciting.

“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.”

Frazana said she was inspired to join the team at The Mill after hearing about the fantastic care the hospice had provided to family of her friends.

She explained: “All of them have said that the overwhelming care and support they received from the hospice staff was second to none.

“So, when I heard a few years ago that The Mill had opened within St Catherine’s grounds and wanted volunteers, I thought why not give something back to this worthy and local charity.

“It’s been a great way to challenge myself and experience something new, whilst meeting lots of interesting people and making new friends.”

Garstang Show curry - Rajesh Jinabhai and Frazana Crompton (8)

Rajesh has kept a connection with St Catherine’s Hospice for 21 years, since the death of his father.

He said: “We have always been grateful for the support, treatment and compassionate care that was provided to my family and 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.

“Becoming a volunteer at The Mill was an opportunity to give back something close to my heart, to make new friends and help towards the mammoth yearly running costs of the hospice.”

Along with Fraj’s Kitchen, The Mill Outside will be serving up a selection of tempting salads – available individually or as a ‘taste of’ all four. They have also been chosen to provide the show’s hospitality catering for the second year running, covering everything from the breakfast and lunch buffets for presidents, members and judges to the packed lunches for stewards, gate staff and parking attendants.

Nicola Hanmer, commercial catering manager at St Catherine’s Hospice and The Mill, said: “We’re excited to be part of the Garstang Show again this year and delighted to be bringing along something different in the form of Fraj’s Kitchen and their delicious curries.

“That Frazana and Rajesh have come up with this unique way of showing their support for St Catherine’s is a testament to their enthusiasm, creativity and commitment to the cause. We’re incredibly proud of them and can’t wait for what promises to be a memorable day at the Garstang Show.”

Garstang Show curry - Rajesh Jinabhai and Frazana Crompton (2)

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