Pupils cook up book for Sophie

02:49, Jul 31 2012
Renwick School
Young chefs: Renwick School pupils, from left, Luka Abernethy, Amelia Hansen and Lucy Foster, all 5, test a recipe for their cookbook for classmate Sophie Gilchrist, who is ill.

Ever wanted to know what Justin Bieber's favourite dish is?

You can find out, and learn how to cook it, soon thanks to a recipe book put together by a group of Blenheim 5-year-olds.

The cookbook is to help Renwick School classmate Sophie Gilchrist's fight against leukaemia.

Sophie, 5, was diagnosed with leukaemia at Wairau Hospital during the school holidays.

She is in Christchurch at Ronald McDonald House with parents Michelle and Bryan Gilchrist while she undergoes weekly chemotherapy treatment at the Christchurch Hospital children's cancer ward.

Sophie's teacher, Sarah Tullett, said the children understand she was very sick and needed strong medicine to get better, and her absence had left a gap in the classroom.


"We all miss her. She is a cool wee kid. She takes the new entrants under her wing. She's very caring," Tullett said.

Apart from their favourite recipes, the children came up with a list of celebrities who might be interested in contributing, from Nana to Bieber.

Amelia Hansen, 5, visited Sophie in hospital when she was in Christchurch visiting her grandparents during the school holidays.

Her recipe contribution is a fluffy, which is bubbly milk with coloured sprinkles and icing sugar.

It was "really yummy".

"Everybody should buy our book because they will be able to make some delicious things," she said.

It will be available from Renwick School in about two weeks.

Michelle Gilchrist said from Ronald McDonald House that although the past few weeks had been "full on", the support had been wonderful.

"Sophie has been amazingly brave and doing well at the moment, so we are feeling really positive," she said.

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