Great soups raise cash

NEPEAN Hospital clinical research staff have helped the needy by raising money for Penrith Community Kitchen using their own soup recipes.

Last week they donated $1000 to the kitchen, beating last year’s $630.

For many years Penrith Community Kitchen, now in the Penrith PCYC, has offered free meals for people on low incomes.

Co-ordinator Cathy Craig praised the Nepean Clinic staff: ‘‘With what they’ve donated we can feed people for at least a month. I’m amazed at their generosity.’’

Pam Craig, who works in administration in the hospital’s surgery department, said the clinic staff had their first fund-raiser last year.

Staff took turns during winter to provide colleagues with a vegetable or a meat-based soup each week.

Sue Dowd, a research support officer at the clinic, said they each paid $5 for the meal.

‘‘The $630 we raised last year fed people for several weeks,’’ Ms Dowd said. ‘‘It’s incredible how $5 from each of us every week adds up to so much.’’

Leanne Stokes, a research fellow at the clinic, said staff thought about raising money through regular lunches after reading about the work the community kitchen does.

‘‘We wanted to give something back to the community,’’ Dr Stokes said.

Ms Craig said she liked the idea of medical researchers helping out by cooking.

‘‘It’s an amazing effort on their part and they’re getting a nutritious lunch as well,’’ Mrs Craig said.

Ms Dowd said the Nepean Clinic would raise more money for the kitchen next winter.

‘‘We’ve bought two slow cookers already,’’ she said.

The clinic staff are also planning to write a cookbook.

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