Recipe Book Launch Raises Over £1,300 for Diverse Abilities Plus

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Diverse Abilities Plus, the only local charity that provides lifetime support to children and adults with varying disabilities across Dorset, raised over £1,300 at the launch of Scrumptious Home Baking - a recipe book full of tempting treats - on Sunday (November 13). The event took place in The Dolphin Shopping Centre with the charity’s ambassador Reham Khan - the South Today weather presenter.

Reham Khan

“Scrumptious Home Baking is a great way for people to support the charity and, if you are stuck on ideas on what to buy loved ones this festive season, it is an ideal present.

Visitors at the launch sampled cakes, took part in children’s cupcake decorating and were also able to watch cooking demonstrations with White Pepper Cookery School, Chococo and Corfe Cakes and Bakes. Reham was also on hand to sign purchased recipe books and took part in a Lemon Meringue Pie demonstration.

Scrumptious Home Baking includes recipes from some well known faces including actor Chris Jarvis, Duncan James from Blue, Dermot O’Leary, through his Poole based restaurant Fishy Fishy, and BBC South Today weather presenter, Reham Khan. Adults and children that are supported by the charity, and their families, staff of Diverse Abilities Plus and local chefs also contributed to the recipe book.

The book includes five chapters and each contains ten fantastic recipes each. Chapters include Afternoon Tea; Chocolate Indulgence; Cold Desserts; Comfort Cooking and Cooking with Kids.

Helen Alexander, Fundraising Manager at the charity, said: “The launch event was a great success and we want to say a massive thank you to everyone involved.

“Scrumptious Home Baking is a great way for people to support the charity and, if you are stuck on ideas on what to buy loved ones this festive season, it is an ideal present. Not only do you get a great book but you know that the funds raised will help provide vital care and support for many hundreds of children and adults with physical and learning disabilities right here in Dorset.”

The recipe book is available to purchase for just £9.95. It can be purchased directly from Diverse Abilities Plus at by calling 01202 718266 or emailing scrumptious(at)diverseabilitiesplus(dot)org(dot)uk.

Diverse Abilities Plus is a charity that has been supporting children and adults with Cerebral Palsy and associated disabilities working in the County of Dorset, England for 55 years. The charity provides a range of assistance, support and education services for young people aged two to 19, adults and families. Services include:

  • Langside School – independent, non maintained specialist day school for children and young people from the age of two to 19 years who have PMLD (profound and multiple learning disabilities). It’s one of only 19 similar SEN (special education needs) schools in the UK.
  • Smithers – provides overnight and day short breaks. Short breaks help families manage the challenges of providing full time care for their child. A visit can be during the day or a ‘sleep over’ allowing the child to make and meet friends and relax and enjoy themselves.
  • Shapes – provides home support (domiciliary care) for children and young people aged between two and 18 with individually tailored programs.
  • Project My Time – provides child-led holiday activities that give young people with disabilities the same leisure and fun opportunities that their peers enjoy.
  • Barnabas – a well equipped day setting for adults. Adults can learn new skills and enjoy a wide range of experiences.
  • Supported living – this service is for people who live in their own home but may need up to 24/7 support.
  • Disability Wessex - offers assistance with disability benefits for people with disabilities or chronic and acute health conditions and their families or carers, as well as the parents of disabled children.
  • Play Opportunities - supports families with disabled children to have a chance to get out and enjoy themselves with other families in similar situations.
  • Awesome Days and Awesome Nights – A youth group, set up and run by young people of all abilities, aged between 13 - 19 years.
  • Face 2 Face – a free and confidential network of trained volunteer befrienders, who support parents to make positive adjustments to the news that their child has a disability or additional need. Every Face2Face befriender is a parent whose own child has a disability. They know what it's like to cope with a new diagnosis and can offer support parent to parent.

The charity was founded in 1955 by Mrs Phyllis Edwards who formed a group of parent’s intent on providing better opportunities for their children with physical and learning disabilities.

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