Cooking with cancer - Life Kitchen

£5,705 of £10k goal

Raised by 148 people in 1 month
Ryan Riley  W12 7FF, GB
It was three years ago that my life changed. I was abroad with friends when at just 47 my mother suddenly and unexpectedly lost her battle with small-cell lung cancer. I rushed back to Britain bereft, full of grief and missing a parent I loved.



My mother, Krista, had faced a two-year battle, full of hope and disappointment. Cancer, our family learnt, can take away everything that makes life worth living.

 
Fast forward to today and I'm launching a charity project to offer something new to people living with cancer, in memory of my mum.


About 50% of people receiving chemotherapy experience a loss or change of taste that can make the disease even more devastating.

 

I want to turn my experience as a food writer, stylist and passionate cook into LIFE KITCHEN : free cooking classes for people living with cancer - and their families - and focusing on flavour, taste and nutrition.

 

But just as important as delicious food, we are hoping to offer our guests the chance to connect. Our free classes will be somewhere to relax, learn new dishes and share happy experiences with new friends.

 

Since announcing the idea on social media two weeks ago, I've been overwhelmed by support from so many people generously offering help, time, resources and expertise.

 

Leaders and stars of the food world, many of whom have friends or family members affected by cancer, have offered to teach the classes. I hope and believe we are on the threshold of a wonderful new movement that could really make a difference to people's lives.

 
To get Life Kitchen off the ground we urgently need funds to launch the first classes. Eventually we hope to build a permanent space in which to hold them.

 
For this initiative to work we need the right premises in a great location. Renting a suitable kitchen will cost upwards of £550 a day before food and administration costs.
 
This is where we need your help.

 
I would be so honoured and grateful if you would consider getting behind Life Kitchen to help make it a reality. With your support we stand to make a real difference to the lives of people battling cancer and to their families and loved ones.

 
Please give whatever you can to our initiative and follow us on Twitter and Instagram for updates. Thank you.
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Update 4
Posted by Ryan Riley
6 days ago
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Dear Life Kitchen Supporter.

Thank you so much again for your generous donation, I am very grateful.

We are holding an official launch party on April 4th in London. I'd love it if you could make it.

If you're interested in coming please drop me an email: ryan@ryanriley.me and I'll do my best to fit everyone in.

Thanks again and I hope to see you there.

Love Ryan X
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Update 3
Posted by Ryan Riley
14 days ago
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Thank you for all for your continued support, we've just hit the half way mark, over £5,000 raised. I'm so grateful, there is so much more to come in the coming weeks. I will keep you all updated. Please keep sharing, donating and telling a friend!

Much love,

Ryan x
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Update 2
Posted by Ryan Riley
20 days ago
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We're at the £2000 mark and it's an incredible achievement. Life Kitchen will be in and out of the press this week raising awareness and rallying donations.

I'm so very grateful to you all for getting us this far.

We've already organised a brilliant event as part of London Food Month to raise money for Life Kitchen, details to be announced later this month.

The first class is weeks away with some incredible and talented people lending support to get LK off the ground. Details to follow shortly.

Thanks again everyone, if you could continue to share the link and help us to reach the target for the first round of funding, I'd be forever grateful.

Ryan x
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Posted by Ryan Riley
1 month ago
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We're just £350 away from being able to host our first cooking class. Please get involved and donate if you can!

Thanks again for your support so far.

Ryan x
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Robbie Mauldon
12 days ago

Ok will proceed solo

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Robbie Mauldon
17 days ago

Hi from australia I am similar to you Been involved hospitality many years here in australia and also recently lost several friends to cancer Would you mind if i started a similar campaign in australia Rob

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£5,705 of £10k goal

Raised by 148 people in 1 month
Created February 17, 2017
HK
£10
Heather Kaniuk
2 hours ago
£20
Samantha Felton
1 day ago
RS
£5
Rosalind Skellorn
2 days ago

I would have loved to have had something like this to help my dad, when he had lung cancer.

£20
Lisa Carroll
2 days ago

You are a star Ryan your beautiful mama would be so proud of you xxxx

VB
£15
Vanessa Bailey
2 days ago

All the very best with this awesome project!

LT
£5
Lisa Tucker
3 days ago
LP
£5
Lesley Prince
3 days ago
KS
£10
Karen Shuter
5 days ago

A great project, good food is so important for recovery

JB
£10
Jennifer Barnes
6 days ago
LH
£50
Lesley Harvey
6 days ago

Good luck Ryan, when you are ready for volunteers please get in touch. x

Robbie Mauldon
12 days ago

Ok will proceed solo

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Robbie Mauldon
17 days ago

Hi from australia I am similar to you Been involved hospitality many years here in australia and also recently lost several friends to cancer Would you mind if i started a similar campaign in australia Rob

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