City youngster helps charity with scrumptious recipes

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A Milton Keynes boy with a passion for cooking has put his skill to good use by helping WellChild, the national charity for sick children, raise money for their work.

Johnathan He won the most inspirational child category at the WellChild Awards earlier this year where he met the charity’s patron Prince Harry.

The six-year-old has a rare genetically inherited immunological condition. He also has congenital glaucoma and is registered as partially sighted.

Johnathan has had severe bacterial and fungal infections that have meant long term intravenous therapy both at home and in hospital. His condition meant he could not eat for a long time and he spent a lengthy period in hospital.

But as a passionate cook, Johnathan leapt at the chance to help out WellChild when he learned a school is raising money for the charity by creating and selling their own cook book of recipes.

He created ‘Chef Johnathan’s three course meal’ for the book, including Baked Spring Rolls with pork and prawn, sweet and sour chicken and mango tapioca pudding.

The recipes take pride of place in the book created by Cheltenham College Preparatory School which also contains recipes from other fellow students. It will go on sale at the school to raise funds for WellChild’s work with seriously ill children and their families across the UK.

WellChild Chief Executive Colin Dyer said: “The recipe book is a fantastic idea and we would like to thank the students and staff for their hard work on the project and Johnathan for contributing his mouth watering recipes to the book.”