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Lorraine Kelly, Ferne McCann and Nadiya Hussain join Mary’s Meals’ special Mother’s Day Card campaign to help feed a hungry child

Nadiya Hussain.
Nadiya Hussain.

Global charity Mary’s Meals has teamed up with celebrity mums, Lorraine Kelly, Ferne McCann and Nadiya Hussain to encourage people to buy a Mother’s Day card with a difference this year.

The famous mums have each donated a special recipe to the campaign inspired by ‘The Food We Grew Up On,’ with Lorraine Kelly’s ‘Mum’s Chicken Soup’ inside every printed card purchased.

Charging £15.90 per card – the same cost of feeding one child for a whole school year with Mary’s Meals – the campaign hopes to raise vital funds for hungry children.

It hopes to help the 370 million children world-wide who were were deprived of access to nutritious meals when schools shut due to Covid-19.

Lorraine Kelly’s recipe will also be available online along with others from Ferne and Nadiya. Each recipe is one that’s been passed down from their mother (or mother figure), and to this day brings sweet memories of childhood meals.

Britain’s Celebrity Best Home Cook finalist Ferne has shared her Nannie Connie’s Sausage Waaaah’ – a delicious casserole given its quirky name by the children of the McCann family growing up.

She said: “This was My Nannie Connie’s recipe that she used to make for my mum.  It’s a really homely, cosy dinner that my mum often made for me and my sister. I don’t know why we called it Sausage Waaaah but it’s stuck and when I make this for Sunday she knows it by this name too.

Mary’s Meals Mother’s Day Card.

“It’s just one of those recipes that reminds me of childhood and is a real comfort meal.”

Daytime TV presenter Lorraine Kelly’s recipe reminds her of heading home. She said:   “My mum makes this every time I go home. It’s proper comfort food and takes me back to my childhood”

Great British Bake Off favourite Nadiya’s Hussain has picked her ‘Mum’s Bengali Korma.’.

Nadiya grew up with the delicious aroma of the beautiful chicken dish, with warm flavours of cinnamon, cardamom, star anise, and the perfect hit of green chilli.

She said: “The korma I grew up with had an aroma that took over the house and hit you in the face when you walked into the kitchen. This is one of the recipes that says ‘home’ to me because nobody cooks this dish like Mum does”

Mary’s Meals began in 2002, and provides one daily meal in a place of learning to encourage hungry children into the classroom where they receive an education that can, in the future, be their ladder out of poverty.

The charity also recently launched an urgent appeal for Ethiopia.

People in Tigray are facing a humanitarian crisis due to brutal fighting in the region. Millions have fled their homes and are facing imminent starvation unless support is provided.

Daniel Adams, Executive Director of Mary’s Meals, said:  “When schools across the world closed last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Mary’s Meals adapted quickly to ensure hungry children did not go without and were able to receive a nutritious daily meal at home instead.

“Some schools have since re-opened and we are now safely reaching 1.6 million children, whether at school or at home.

“This Mother’s Day we want to celebrate all the wonderful women across the world who support the Mary’s Meals global movement, whether serving meals or fundraising for our important work to feed hungry children.

“Their dedication means we can provide life-changing meals to children in some of the world’s poorest countries. Our Mother’s Day card feeds a child for a whole year – there’s no better present than that.”

Mary’s Meals Mother’s Day cards available here for £15.90.