Ian Rutland was awarded an FSDP scholarship in 2002/2003, he’s just been in touch with the following update:
“I was lately diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. Recently, I completed my radiotherapy treatment at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care. Prostrate is the most common form of cancer in men, resulting in over 12,000 deaths in the UK annually, or 33 per day. Following the diagnosis, I soon realised how a balanced diet was important to help me feel stronger and have the energy to cope with the treatment and side effects. However, there were times when the benefits of what I call ‘comfort food’ brought a sense of well-being. Comfort food often reminded me of my mother’s home cooking in Chilton Moor, happiness, warmth, and contentment.
With this in mind, I am publishing a booklet of comfort food recipes to raise awareness and funding for Prostate Cancer UK. I am asking family, friends, and the organisations I have supported to donate their favourite recipes. Furthermore, I am also asking businesses I frequent and local celebrities to contribute theirs. All proceeds from the sale of the booklet will go to PCUK. My scholarship was the greatest achievement in my life. I gained my PPL and was awarded the George Stewart Memorial Trophy for outstanding student pilot presented by his Royal Highness Prince Faisal Al Hussein of Jordan’s Hashemite Kingdom. Additionally, my scholarship gave me the confidence to go and achieve other successes.
Your recipe may be as simple or detailed as it takes. I also ask you to briefly describe why it is considered one of your favourite comfort foods.
Winston Churchill said, “If you think you are going through hell, keep going”. Like many others undergoing cancer treatment, I sometimes felt I was going through hell. Nevertheless, I found comfort food helped a lot. The best way to describe afterwards was to feel like being wrapped in a duvet with a hot water bottle, watching an old film whilst drinking my favourite herbal tea. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I hope you will consider donating your favourite recipe to this good cause.”
If you would like to contribute a recipe to Ian’s book, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.