Maggie May’s Dishing Up Scouse For R Charity

Maggie May's team Andy and John Lea with R Charity's Angela McShane
LONG established café owners and Royal patients are cooking up a steaming bowl of scouse through February to raise funds for R Charity. Family members at Maggie May’s café in Bold Street are keen to fundraise for R Charity, with a characterful mobile unit on Church Street on Sunday 28 February for Global Scouse Day – the day Liverpool folk everywhere cook up the taste of home. They will be dishing out free bowls of scouse in exchange for an R Charity donation. “Our recipe has been handed down through the family for generations,” says John Lea, who opened Maggie May’s 22 years ago with wife Sue. “Growing up at the bottom of Scotland Road, we’d always use the same recipe. “My mum would put the meat on before she went to work, and when we came home from school we’d add onions, carrots and potatoes – we all had a hand in it. You don’t mess with scouse.” As a patient at St Paul’s Eye Unit at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, John is keen to help R Charity reach its £10 million fundraising target. “The whole family have been patients at the Royal, and my wife Sue owes her life to the hospital and the doctors who diagnosed and treated her there.” John’s son Andy works beside him at Maggie May’s, and says: “Like my dad, I’m very proud of our city and our tradition of scouse. It’s just good honest food, packed with vegetables, and I’d love to serve it throughout our hospitals too.” Angela McShane, events fundraiser at R Charity, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Maggie May’s for all their help towards our £10 million target which will go towards providing state of the art diagnostic equipment and improved patient comfort in our new Royal hospital.” Laura Worthington, a founder of Global Scouse Day said: “Every year Global Scouse Day gets bigger and better and I am very proud of how the entire city has got behind the event and made it what it is, with over 150 restaurants signing up to put scouse on their menus. This year we’re working with the R Charity team at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, following their exciting world record attempt to launch Scouse at R House and raise £10 million for the new Royal.” R Charity is encouraging local people and organisations to get involved too by registering to take part in R Charity’s Scouse at R House, cooking up a scouse supper and fundraising for R Charity. To register for a fundraising pack with recipes from top chefs, scouse nous quiz questions and bunting, contact the R Charity fundraising team: email fundraising@rlbuht.nhs.uk or dial 0151 706 3150 or log on tohttp://www.rlbuht.nhs.uk/Fundraising/Pages/Scouse_at_R_House.aspx