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Buy the Community Comfort Cookbook which features recipes from over 100 Black and Ethnic Minority kitchens
Chefs including James Cochran, Michael Caines and Ravneet Gill have contributed to a downloadable cookbook that will raise money for two charities set-up to help Black and Ethnic Minority communities.
Containing recipes and food-related stories from100 People of Colour, Community Comfort has been compiled by Caribbean food enthusiast and activist Riaz Phillips.
The aim of the e-book is to raise awareness and funds for the Majonzi COVID-19 Bereavement Fund in collaboration with the Ubele Initiative.
Launched alongside Windrush Campaigner Patrick Vernon, and named for the Swahili word for sorrow, The Majonzi Fund raises money to help families COVID-19 has touched in the Black and Ethnic minority community.
“In this time of disarray, and when we can’t break bread with our loved ones, I wanted to do something which brought joy to as many people as possible. Food and recipes are hoe we connect, heal and mourn but also celebrate when things get better too,” says Riaz.
Buy an artwork by artist Henny Beaumont in aid of the Majonzi Fund
This artwork is available through the Guardian Print Shop, with profits from sales will be donated to the Majonzi Fund to support bereaved BAME families affected by Covid-19.
“I took my inspiration from medieval manuscripts. I wanted to create an image that felt precious and spiritual, that shone a light and memorialised the BAME victims of Covid-19.
The picture was created to recognises the contribution of the key workers who have died. Around the edges of the image is a border created out of the transport and NHS symbols, the professions of those who have been the worst affected.
The portraits are of (from left): Andrew Ekene Nwankwo, a nurse, Donna Campbell, a healthcare support worker, Belly Mujinga, a rail worker, Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong, a nurse, Ranjeet Riyat, a consultant in emergency medicine, Khulisani (Khuli) Nkala, a mental health nurse, Meks Nyack Ihenacho, a London bus driver.
Written in the background are all the names and occupations of people who have died. I have left room to imply that there are more names to come.
On a number of levels, I was very keen to support Patrick Vernon’s fund. From a personal perspective, as a family we have a huge debt of gratitude to the NHS. The Homerton ICU in London saved my daughter’s life. Before Christmas, we spent five weeks in intensive care with my daughter, who was on a ventilator with pneumonia. The ICU staff at the Homerton became like family to us, and when Covid-19 hit we felt intensely worried and upset for them, especially knowing how many fantastic BAME members of staff there were and how much more they were at risk.
I have been appalled by the government’s handling of the crisis and the unnecessary deaths caused by lack of PPE, planning and the late lockdown and, ultimately, the systemic racism that has caused so many unnecessary deaths. I am deeply saddened for all the families who are suffering with the loss of their loved ones. I hope this picture in a small way can help raise awareness and funds for the families who are in need.” Henny Beaumont
Buy ‘Sun In The Rain’ by London Community Gospel Choir in support of the Majonzi COVID -19 BAME Bereavement Fund
The London Community Gospel Choir (LCGC) has gifted a promotional song “Sun in the Rain” to support the Majonzi Fund which raises funds to provide small grants to help families and work colleagues, community and faith groups to organise memorial events and supports affected community members to access bereavement counsellors and therapists.
Patrick Vernon, OBE said: “This is fantastic that one of the most successful and respected Gospel Choirs in Europe are supporting the fundraising efforts as part of the community response to COVID-19. The Majonzi Fund will provide small grants to help families, work colleagues, community groups organise memorial events for BAME individuals who have died as a result of COVID-19. Having lost a family member to COVID-19, it is important that families and local communities have the support around bereavement counselling and the opportunity to commemorate the life of loved ones’.”