Reading Rooms gets cooking for BBC Children In Need

With BBC Children In Need happening on Friday 17th November, Reading Rooms and Extern are joining in the fundraising fun with a special Masterchef challenge!

Young participants from Reading Rooms’ Extern group with be competing in a special  “Wonka’s Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight” Masterchef with chefs from two local restaurants, The Pickled Duck versus The Gate Bistro.


Mary Fitzpatrick, Reading Rooms Project Officer: “With so many children and young people benefiting and gaining support through this amazing charity, we feel it only necessary to organise an event with our own participants who come in here on a weekly basis.

“The day will start with a Reading Room from the world-famous Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, followed by the poem The Dinosaur’s Dinner by June Crebbin. The children will then be given a bag of ingredients and must create a dessert using all the ingredients, whilst being supported and mentored by their assigned chef. They will learn skills such as basic hygiene, healthy eating, how to follow instructions, team work, listening skills, creative skills through food preparation. and mindfulness through food and eating healthy.”


Staff and volunteers are being asked to vote for their winning team, at a cost of £5 per vote to help raise money, with all proceeds being donated to BBC Children in Need. “The Children involved with Reading Rooms who come to us through Extern are very aware that it is Children in Need funds that provides this opportunity for them to enjoy and experience this opportunity. Therefore, they are extremely keen and excited to be able to give something back.”

The Reading Rooms project provides a safe space for 120 vulnerable young people in the Derry area, and a mentor who will catalyse a lifelong love of books, reading and learning. They encourage their imagination, interest in reading and develop their language skills through group workshops and 1-2-1 reading sessions. With the help of BBC Children in Need, Reading Rooms helps a group of vulnerable children develop essential skills, build positive relationships and reengage with education.

Partial source: BBC Children In Need

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