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Chef James hoping to cook up a storm for Ezra fund Posted On 12 February 2021

Unique raffle prize aiming to boost appeal to rebuild 5 year-old’s back garden


A Stamford-based chef is offering a prize with a difference to help boost a local appeal.

James Birchall, who is preparing to open his Chef James cookery school at Stamford Garden Centre later this year, will be putting his skills to good use to help raise funds for Ezra Caulton, who has global development delay which means the five year-old cannot walk or run like most children his age.

Ezra’s parents, Beverley and Andy, have launched an appeal to make the garden at their home in Easton-on-the-Hill a safe place for him to play.

And now chef James hopes his recipe for a raffle prize will help the fund’s total rise.

There will be five winning tickets for the Mum and Dad’s Night Off event where James will invite two children to his kitchen to cook dinner for their parents.

“Each ticket will enter a family of four; two children who will cook and two adults who will watch, take photos and socialise while their little ones cook dinner,” he told the Rutland & Stamford Mercury. “Obviously, this cannot happen yet due to restrictions but will happen as soon as possible, most likely in the summer.”

Tickets are £5 each and are available at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8wKR80X8dH or via Beverley Caulton.

The DIY SOS-style appeal will help to transform a back garden, which according to Beverley, “is very uneven and three-quarters of it is mud. Many fence panels need replacing and it is far from safe for a wobbly little boy like ours.”

Born at 28 weeks after an emergency Caesarean and scaling a tiny 3lb, Ezra has high muscle tone in his legs which means he can only walk on his tiptoes. “He constantly falls over but always tells me ‘I’m okay’ and tries to get back up again,” Beverley told the Mercury. “He loves to go outside but, of course, it is difficult for him. He is just a happy-go-lucky, cuddly boy.”

The appeal to help Ezra, a pupil at Ketton Primary School, is nearing its £1,000 target and Beverley added: “We are hoping that local traders will be able to come forward and help or donate materials to make the garden safe and fun for him – from electricians to garden landscapers, fencing or turfing… you name it!”

The appeal can be found at this page of the GoFundMe website

Further fundraising events include a 26-mile hike by Ezra’s aunt, Katherine Vernon, while Andy and his friend, Joe Wray, will make a sponsored walk from Deeping to Stamford dressed at Batman & Robin with Ezra planning to join them for the last few metres.

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