To raise money for Children in Need, I fed a family of five a different dinner every day for a year.

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To raise money for Children in Need, I fed a family of five a different dinner every day for a year.

A WOMAN set out to raise money for Children in Need by preparing a new food for each family dinner for a year, and she surpassed her £1,000 target.

Rachel Willcock, 57, of Norwich, felt “lazy” and was repeating meals too frequently, so she started this fundraising endeavor on January 1st.

She’s made 251 meals thus far, some of which serve multiple people, and she’s used foods she’d never tried before, such as goat meat and pheasant.

She told the BBC that finding new dishes was “difficult but enjoyable.”

Mrs Willcock picked BBC Children in Need because it has supported organizations that enabled her late sister, who was born with spina bifida, live her life to the fullest.

Mrs Willcock cooks frequently for her family, which includes her husband Jonathan and one of their sons, as well as additional children, partners, and grandchildren.

The mother stated she cooks five meals each week on average and that all of her new recipes have been favorably received, with the exception of one.

“A filo pastry dish with spinach and pine nuts was a little dry, but we ate it nevertheless,” she remarked.

During the fundraising challenge, the Willcocks did order takeout or ate at friends’ homes on occasion, and they took a couple of weeks off.

“We usually ate our main meals out while on vacation,” she remarked.

“Having said that, when we go out, I’ll choose something off the menu that I haven’t made before to avoid repeating myself.”

Mrs Willcock was inspired by charity store cook books when she was originally seeking for new recipes, and her friends also submitted their favorite recipes.

She’s been browsing for new ideas online recently, though.

The Willcocks are language and culture consultants who generally spend a lot of time in the United States and Latin America, but during the pandemic, their company had to shift.

Mrs Willcock made sure the recipes were cost-effective by substituting less expensive items for more expensive ones.

“He’s been incredibly supportive, and he’s really embraced the challenge,” she added, adding that he also “helps clean up the kitchen afterward.”

Her journey has been documented on her Just Giving page, which has raised £1,007.

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