Former chef releases book in aid of cancer patients at QEHB


Paul James is a retired professional chef who has turned his hand to writing and has recently released his first ebook ‘Recipes from My Travels’. Royalties from the book will help to support patients at the Cancer Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, inspired by the treatment that his son, Mark, received there.

Paul runs the food and travel blog Recipes from My Travels, which helps to promote businesses in the hospitality and tourism industry. Paul said: “As a retired chef with a love of travel I wanted to combine my two passions and started the blog which combines the places I’ve been to with the local food and fayre of the area that I’ve travelled to.”

Paul’s oldest son, Mark, was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma in March 2019 and received cutting-edge treatment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. Thanks to the treatment that he received, Mark is now in remission. Paul has a strong affinity to the hospital as his sister, Lorraine, works in the Endoscopy unit.

Paul's son, Mark, received treatment at QEHB. 

Paul’s first ebook is a photo diary of the trip that he took to New York with his youngest son Jay, and documents all of the restaurants and bars that the pair visited whilst in the Big Apple. Paul said: “This book felt like a great way of celebrating the treatment that Mark received at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, and the fact that we were able to enjoy such a great trip to the States together.

“I’m delighted to be donating the royalties to support the unit where he was treated. I cannot speak highly enough of the team at the Cancer Centre for the care that they showed to Mark when he was unwell.”
Cathryn Worth, Fundraising Manager at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity, said “Huge thanks go to Paul for his generosity in donating the royalties from his book Recipes from My Travels to the Cancer Centre here at QEHB.

“It is so wonderful to hear him speak so highly of the treatment that Mark received at the hospital. We are proud to support our incredible clinicians who are on the forefront of the fight against cancer. With the support that we receive from our fundraisers and donors we fund research and cutting-edge equipment that has helped to make QEHB a world-leading hospital for cancer care.”

You can purchase a copy of Recipes from My Travels here.

Find out more about how QEHB Charity supports cancer patients here.

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