A home away from home

Thankful for the Ronald McDonald House: Leonie Edwards (centre) with grandson James and (clockwise from top left) Kathleen Dawes with Tyler, Mary Packett with Max and Noah, Lauren Jenner with Conner, Jodie Hampson, Danielle Gardiner with Joshua, and Tyler and mum Jodie Young. Picture: Jelena Potpara.

Care. Smithton grandmother Leonie Edwards is sharing her recipes in the hope of giving back to a charity she calls a “lifesaver”.

If it wasn’t for the Ronald McDonald House in Hobart, Mrs Edwards and her family would have been looking for (and paying for) accommodation for much of the four years of grandson James’ life, which has been spent frequenting the nearby hospital.

Mrs Edwards’ daughter, Jodie Hampson, estimates about 50 stays at the house, the longest of which was six weeks.

The family is not alone in being looked after by the charity that houses families of seriously ill children – 53 families from Circular Head were accommodated in 2013.

Mrs Edwards said it’s not only the peace of mind of having a place to stay: “When things were tough, the staff were always there to cheer you up.”

The recipes, which were originally meant as a keepsake for family members, are now for sale with all proceeds going to the charity.

“Without donations they can’t survive,” Mrs Edwards said.

Most of the recipes are the family’s favourites. Mrs Edwards said the family would “often ring up and say ‘what do you put in such and such’?”

She described the range of recipes – from snacks and savouries to mains and desserts – as simple and easy to follow.

Copies of ‘Spoken From the Heart, Cooked From the Heart’ can be purchased from Smithton Newsagency or by contacting Leonie Edwards on 0458 508 573 orĀ  macedwards8@bigpond.com.




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