Charity supporters can have their cake and eat it at a special coffee morning being held in Marlborough to support patients with severe eating disorders.

Rick Stein, the restaurant group which has a branch in the High Street, has agreed to host the event on Saturday, March 30, in aid of Cotswold House – the 12-bed specialist inpatient unit run by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Members of the public were encouraged by the restaurant to nominate a local charity and Cotswold House was selected after receiving multiple nominations.

Becky Deane, an Occupational Therapy Technical Instructor at Cotswold House, said: “We are absolutely delighted and feel so lucky to have been selected. It’s such a fantastic opportunity to raise money for Oxford Health Charity to support our patients. Thank you to Rick Stein and thank you to everyone who suggested us.”

The charity morning will be held from 9.30am to 11am. A minimum donation of £5 is being suggested for a delicious coffee and cake.

And there will be a further chance to support the work of Cotswold House at the restaurant on the day as there will be a selection of handmade items for sale – all made by eating disorder patients as part of their therapeutic enterprise groups.

Cotswold House helps adult patients suffering from severe eating disorders like anorexia who have been admitted to the unit at Savernake Hospital because they have reached a dangerously low weight.

They are offered a range of treatments to help them learn strategies and coping mechanisms to overcome their condition and return to a healthy weight, live safely and independently.

Aside from psychological therapies there is a full range of therapeutic activities including shopping and meal preparation, art and craft, and gardening and enterprise groups.

Becky added: “All these activities are crucial elements of the support offered to allow patients to rebuild confidence in managing areas of their life which have been severely impaired during their illness.

“NHS funding for materials and activities is limited, so we are grateful for donations to purchase additional resources to enhance the treatment and quality of life for our patients, who can be with us for many months.”

Celebrity chef Rick Stein, pictured, and his restaurant chain has a proud history of supporting good 

causes and charitable organisations in the communities they serve – from Cornwall to London.

Last year the Marlborough branch held a special fundraising three-course seafood-based lunch for Wiltshire Air Ambulance raising £1,500.

Head chef at Marlborough, Kevin Chandler said: “It’s very important to us to support groups in the area and our customers were in no doubt that Cotswold House was a brilliant cause deserving of our backing.

“We hope lots of people will join us on the morning of Saturday, March 30 and enjoy some our delicious cakes and coffees knowing their donations will really make a huge difference to the patients.”

* Rick Stein is also resurrecting the Marlborough pudding, once a common meal in Wiltshire – packed with apples, cream and nutmeg. He is donating 50p from each dessert to support a local cause.

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