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Rachel

Rachel

Name: Rachel McHale
Age: 24
Year of the Fix: 2010
Location: Tonbridge, Kent
Campaign: Teaching first-time parents to prepare healthy meals for their kids

We are a group of young mums and mums-to-be from the YWCA in Tonbridge, Kent. We became Fixers to help other parents feed their children healthily.  
 
We feel that many first-time parents have little knowledge of how to cook on a tight budget. So, with the help of Fixers, we are developing a series of easy-to-follow nutritious recipes and a broadcast film for screening in schools, local community centres and antenatal classes.

A special thanks to all the Fixers involved in our campaign:

 

Sherry Merchant

 

Kaylie Coombes

 

Lucy Vermussche

 

Emma Green

 

Francesca Fraser

 

Cheralea Rusha

 

Aimee Cook

Gemma King

 

Laura Stevens

 

Laily Begum

 

Nina Taylor

 

Karen Cooper

 

Chantal Samways

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Fixers broadcast film was used by the YWCA to win a grant from Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council to hold a series of cookery classes for young parents.

 

Practical lessons included how to cook nutritious food on a budget, understanding the government’s 5-a-day directive, and healthy alternatives to children’s sweets and additive-laden snacks.

 

Fiona Palmer, YWCA project worker was encouraging about our campaign, saying:

 

'The difference the courses have already made to these women’s lives is amazing. We’ve had girls who have never sat their children down at a table, or only cooked with a microwave or only made food out of a packet.

 

Now they are cooking roasts, getting their children eating broccoli and discussing the fat content of mince. It’s great, because not only are they eating well but their confidence has increased too.'

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