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14 year old's scrumptious recipe book backed by Archbishop of York

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, is backing a schoolgirl from Scalby, near Scarborough, who has compiled a cookery book to raise money for Christian Aid by supplying a recipe for one of his favourite dishes.

‘Truly Scrumptious’ contains 58 recipes collected by 14 year old Imogen Allen and also includes a recipe for Solstice Cup, a hot mulled fruit drink, supplied by best selling children’s author G.P. Taylor.

Imogen, a member of St Laurence's Church in Scalby, said: ‘I wanted to raise money for Christian Aid to help expose the scandal of poverty and minimise the marginalisation of the poor, and so I came up with the idea of the recipe book. It's got recipes for starters, main courses, desserts and drinks, and people and cafes from all over have been really generous giving me their recipes.’

Dr John Sentamu said: ‘Imogen and the congregation of St Laurence's Church, Scalby, are doing great work fundraising for Christian Aid. I loved the idea of Imogen's recipe book, and so I sent her my recipe for Baked Apples - it's one of my favourite dishes. I hope people in Scarborough support her efforts by buying a copy.’

When BBC Radio York heard about Imogen's efforts one of their reporters joined her at home in Scalby to interview her and cook lunch together using one the recipes from the book.

Information about the cookbook has spread well beyond Scarborough. It is available from churches in Scarborough, Fylingthorpe, York and Hull as well as from Boyes Store in Scarborough, the Yew Tree Cafe in Scalby, Cloughton Station Tea Room, Fairer World, the fair-trade shop on Gillygate in York and Aroma Coffee Shop in Haxby, York.

The sales of the cookbook have already exceeded £600 and Imogen has proved to be a great ambassador for Christian Aid's work with poor communities around the world.

To obtain a copy of Truly Scrumptious, which costs £3, call 0113 2444764 or email yorkshire@christian-aid.org 

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If you would like further information please contact Alex Jones on 0113 244 4764 or ajones@christian-aid.org

Notes to Editors:

1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in nearly 50 countries. We act where the need is greatest, regardless of religion, helping people build the lives they deserve.

2. Christian Aid has a vision, an end to global poverty, and we believe that vision can become a reality. Our report, Poverty Over, explains what we believe needs to be done – and can be done – to end poverty.  Details at http://www.christianaid.org.uk/Images/poverty-over-report.pdf

3. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of 100 churches and church-related organisations that work together inhumanitarian assistance and development.  Further details at http://www.actalliance.org

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5. For more information about the work of Christian Aid visit www.christianaid.org.uk