Charity recipe book earns pupils a prestigious royal award

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A GROUP of Highfields School pupils have been nominated for a prestigious royal award after cooking up a storm with their traditional recipe book.

The youngsters are up for the Lafarge Community Impact Award at The Prince’s Trust & Samsung Celebrate Success Awards.

The award recognises the positive contribution young people make to their community whilst developing their own skills.

Earlier this year, Tansley House Residential Home for the elderly was in the process of raising funds to purchase a new mini bus when 10 young people stepped in with an offer of help.

The young people were all part of The Prince’s Trust xl club – which comes to the aid of young people at risk of exclusion from school.

The young people cooked up the idea of producing a book containing recipes gleaned from the elderly residents’ childhoods, with all proceeds going towards the mini bus campaign.

The title of the book, Peas with Honey, came about when one of the residents recited a poem. Regrettably, he passed away soon afterwards and the book is dedicated to him.

All the money raised from Peas and Honey will go towards the residential home’s purchase of a mini bus and is set to greatly improve the quality of life for those who live there.

One student, Charlie, said: “Before joining The Prince’s Trust xl club I never wanted to go to school. Now I’m really pleased with my progress and the opportunities I have been given.”

Paul Boustead, Manufacturing Manager for Lafarge said: “We congratulate the young people who are short-listed for the award which celebrates the success of young people turning their lives around.”

The awards ceremony was due to take place at The Roundhouse, in, Derby last night.