Mary began fundraising over 12 years ago when she mentioned to her good friend, Karlene Mackie, she was thinking of collating recipes for a cookbook. The bank they both worked for at the time supported Ayrshire Hospice regularly and so they decided we would be the beneficiary of their proceeds. Karlene worked her charm and arranged for 5000 copies of Mary's cookbook to be printed by the bank's printers - free of charge! Together, they sold an incredible £17,000 which the bank matched - doubling their donation to the hospice!!

"It brought home to me the marvellous work the hospice does."
- Mary O'Berst

Little did they know that a little over 2 years later, Karlene would be admitted as a patient to the hospice in-patient unit. This reinforced Mary's decision to continue fundraising and now Karlene's husband, family and friends have all helped continue to raise fantastic sums of money in her memory.

This year, Mary has gathered even more recipes from family and friends to create an online follow up "Easy Peasy" Cookbook. It's an amazing cookbook full of old family recipes as well as some new favourites which have been adapted for busy lifestyles. There's something for everyone in there!

Thank you so much to Mary and all her friends and family who've kindly supported her fundraising efforts all these years.


Visit her JustGiving page to donate and download her book from the button below

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Let us know how you get on with her recipes!