How To Support Someone With Cancer Just By Cooking Dinner

By eating brilliantly with our new partners Abel and Cole, you can create lovely dishes at home while supporting the charity at no extra cost!  Abel and Cole are very generously donating to Victoria’s Promise for each new customer who signs up quoting “Victoria’s Promise”.  This is just one of a few amazing ways that they are supporting this charity…

But how did such an amazing partnership come about?

It all started about a year ago when I was about halfway through chemotherapy.

I was reading various nutrition books trying to learn as much as I could about my new predicament.  Everything felt completely out of my control but learning as much as I could felt like it gave me a little power back.

I was trying to learn what I could do with my diet to help get through it and feel better.  I was finding that chemo had drastically changed my sense of taste (actually I couldn’t taste a thing) and fresh fruit or veg were the few things that I could eat.

There are so many books and studies showing the benefits of nutrition for cancer. I later went to see the Victoria’s Promise Nutritional therapist who recommended upping my fruit and veg intake to 10 a day to help replenish my body as best as possible as chemo was then over.

I could feel that my toxic load after chemo was at its max.  The last thing I then wanted to do was add to that toxic strain by eating a load of fruit and veg that were also full of pesticides!  I was trying to help my body, not add more chemicals!   

It was at this point that an Abel and Cole offer came through my letterbox!  It fluttered down and landed on the floor beside me. I took this as a sign and registered then and there! WhatsApp Image

I love getting the fruit and veg deliveries, the quality is brilliant and I can totally trust that it is all organic.  I find that filling my kitchen with a good variety of fruit and veg helps motivate me to use it more. I use more veg in my cooking now because it is there.   


This hasn’t just helped me though,

it has helped my whole family eat better too.  My children snack on fruit because it is there.  My big salad bowl has been promoted to a fruit bowl and as stands pride of place on the side.  Just having an abundance of great veg around has made a huge difference to my diet and dishes I cook. I throw more of a variety of veg into food because they are there to hand.  We all eat better now.

“I believe that what you choose to put on your plate is the most important health intervention you can make” Dr Rupy Aujla of The Doctors Kitchen.

I finished my cancer treatment on the very last day of 2017.  I got through it all well and I feel this was due to my fresh diet coupled up with my eternal optimism.   I couldn’t wait to start working with Victorias Promise in January 2018.

To help grow the charity, the first company I reached out to was, of course, Abel and Cole as I could feel the benefits of eating better and wanted to share this further.

Good health through good food is a significant part of our prevention of occurrence and re-occurrence mission, so I felt that the young, vibrant and genuinely lovely company Abel and Cole was a great fit for us here at Victoria’s Promise on so many levels.

I got in touch and have been bowled over with their generosity and energy to help.  From providing the charity with the Good Food Fund, to actively fund raising internally too, they have genuinely been fantastic.

We went to meet them and even ended up cooking in their kitchen which was a real treat and chance to release my inner food geek (you might have noticed in the video below!)

We are so proud that Victoria’s Promise has now partnered with Abel and Cole.  They are a truly lovely company who are supporting the charity in a number of ways.  They are very kindly:

  • providing a box of fruit and veg to every newly diagnosed woman who comes into our care as a pure act of kindness
  • providing fruit and organic nibbles for all of our Women’s Workshops every month
  • offering the Good Food Fund so that we can spread the benefits of their amazing fruit and veg while they, in turn, donate up to £35 to Victorias Promise per new customer
  • sponsoring the Abel and Cole Booster Bundle for Victoria’s Promise, giving £1 to the charity for every booster bundle sold (as we talk about in the video)
  • they are holding bake sales and quiz nights internally to raise funds
  • 18 Abel and Cole employees are even undertaking the Three-Peaks-Challenge in the Yorkshire Dales National Park on June 25th. The route is 24 miles long, include 5,200ft of ascent and takes up to 12 hours to complete. The walkers all voted to donate the funds raised to VP which is just amazing!

Here is your chance to truly help make a difference

So how can you actively help raise funds for the charity while also eating brilliantly yourself?  Head on over to and sign up as a new customer quoting “Victorias Promise” in the “How did you hear from us” box. Abel And Cole will then donate to the charity £20 on your first delivery and you get a copy of their beautiful cookbook too, then they donate £5 on the 3rd box and £10 on the 5th box!

This is an amazing donation and will make a huge difference for the women we support!

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I signed up for the veg boxes at quite a low point in my life, at this point I ordered fruit and veg, but they really were delivering health and hope. It is this I wanted to share further with you all.  Sign up for your regular veg boxes here and make a difference to not only your own health, but the lives of so many young women affected by cancer too.

Its win win!

If you are not already a customer of Abel and Cole, why not give it a try and sign up?  I’m sure you will love it!  Not only will you be getting the benefits of eating brilliantly… you will also be raising much needed funds for charity too!  That’s a double whammy of the feel-good factor! 

P.S Another way to help would be to share this far and wide so that you can help spread good health and fundraise for Victoria’s Promise too! We thank you so much for your support, we truly appreciate all of your help!

Written by Louisa Gordon,

Women’s Network Ambassador and Partnerships Co-ordinator