Norfolk’s Own Cookbook funds Marie Curie dementia nurse for the county

Mary Kemp, Hazel Temperton, Melinda Raker, Vanessa Scott and Hugo Stephenson, Marie Curie community

Mary Kemp, Hazel Temperton, Melinda Raker, Vanessa Scott and Hugo Stephenson, Marie Curie community fundraiser in Norfolk, at Tapping House Norfolk Hospice, Hillington. Picture: Contributed - Credit: Archant

An enterprising book deal has led to the appointment of a specialist dementia nurse.

An enterprising book deal has led to the appointment of a specialist dementia nurse.

Norfolk's Own Cookbook was the brainchild of former Marie Curie Norfolk patron Melinda Raker, food writer Mary Kemp and hotelier Vanessa Scott.

'The three of us got together with the idea of producing a quality cookbook to raise money for Marie Curie,' Mrs Raker told a meeting at Tapping House Norfolk Hospice, Hillington.

'We then priced the book at £20, the amount needed to pay for one hour of Marie Curie care.'


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Launched in June 2015, Norfolk's Own Cookbook sold out in six months, raising a total of £104,000 for Marie Curie, which supports the terminally ill and their families.

The funds secured the appointment of dementia nurse Hazel Temperton, who is based at Tapping House and operating within the West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group.

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Mrs Raker, from Croxton, near Thetford, said: 'When I first met Hazel at the interview, I was very close to tears, such was her conviction for what she does. Now she will be a tremendously valuable asset for Marie Curie.'

Ms Temperton, who trained at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, said: 'Thank you for the wonderful idea of the book. We all have the same aim – looking after people in west Norfolk with dementia and their families.

Part of the Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust, she added: 'I go out and see my patients and their families and explain to them the stages of dementia and how they can live with the condition, as well as supporting the families with how to cope and with forward planning.'

It is estimated that more than 16,000 people in Norfolk currently have dementia (either diagnosed or undiagnosed), equivalent to one in every 53 people in the county, or the populations of Cromer, Hunstanton and Holt combined.

Over the next 20 years an additional 9,000 people with dementia are forecast, with about 26 new cases of dementia each year per 1,000 population of over-65s in Norfolk.

Dementia-friendly communities have been established in Wymondham, Swaffham, Diss, Aylsham, Watton, Wells, Hethersett, North Walsham, Downham Market, Dereham, Cromer and Sheringham, and Fakenham.

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