Tony's cooking up a treat for charity

By Tim Clarke 16/05 Updated: 16/05 18:54

Buy photos » Tony Frobisher is hoping his charity cookbook challenge has all the ingredients needed to raise vital funds for Scope and Make-A-Wish. Picture by Neville Collins. t201225ncw1

A DEVOTED father and fearless fund-raiser has cooked up a mouthwatering idea which has all the ingredients to raise vital funds for two charities, which have supported his severely disabled daughter.

Tony Frobisher has scaled Mount Kilimanjaro, cycled from Worcester to Dublin and back and battled through punishing storms on the Mount Everest Base Camp Trek, to raise over £15,000 for the charities Bliss, Make-A-Wish and Scope.

But now the 43-year-old from St Peter's is allowing his more adventurous side to simmer as he concentrates on putting together a cookbook featuring recipes from every corner of the world.

The book will be named after the inspiration behind his relentless fund-raising - his six year-old daughter Milla.

She was born along with her twin Louisa 16-weeks premature in 2006 as two of triplets, although their sister Jewel died when she was just 17 days old.

Since birth the twins have faced countless long stays in hospital and complex operations and Milla was diagnosed with cerebral palsy meaning she is unable to walk, talk or sit up by her own strength.

Her battle with disability has spurred Mr Frobisher on in his fund-raising efforts and the charity cookbook has already attracted recipes from celebrities including former GMTV presenter Kate Garraway, Olympic gold medal-winning rower Greg Searle and Rugby World Cup winner Jason Leonard.

Worcester MP Robin Walker has also revealed his culinary side by sending in his recipe for beef casserole and hedgehog potatoes.

Mr Frobisher said his job as an adult English teacher at the Kingsway English Centre in Worcester, had helped inspire the cookbook, with contributions from Venezuelan, Japanese and Angolan students, to name but a few.

He said: "My job puts me in contact with people from all over the world so I have a huge network I can can call upon.

"We all love great food but Milla can't eat and has to be fed through a stomach tube so she doesn't get that range of tastes and enjoyment of food that many of us take for granted. She is severely disabled and is on medication constantly but not a day goes by without her giving us a huge smile."

Money raised from the book, which will contain up to 100 recipes, will be split between cerebral palsy charity Scope and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children fighting life-threatening illnesses.

To find out more about the book and how to support the project visit http://millascookbook.weebly.com

Buy photos» Inspiration - Mr Frobisher's daugher Milla. (s)

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