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Stephen Fry supports foodie’s mission to help transplant patients enjoy life after surgery

Cambridge actor Stephen Fry has lent his support to a Cambridgeshire woman's mission to launch ..

By admin , in Cambridge , at May 3, 2018

Cambridge actor Stephen Fry has lent his support to a Cambridgeshire woman's mission to launch a cookbook to help people with low immune systems.

Pippa Kent, who had a double lung transplant at Papworth, previously told the News about her 'NowWhatCanIEat' kickstarter campaign to raise the funds needed to launch the book – which aims to help people with restricted diets enjoy life.

Immune suppression can affect many people, including cancer patients, those with Crohn's disease, organ transplant donors or those suffering from other autoimmune conditions.

The 28-year-old has had a tremendous amount of support, but now needs a push to help raise the £58,000 needed before her May 20 deadline.

I'm supporting @nowwhatcanieat's campaign to create a cookbook, with famous chefs and dieticians, to help the many thousands who struggle with immune suppression. Created by Pippa Kent after her lung transplant & with a 20th May deadline visit https://t.co/wqEiHwZnH2 to pledge. pic.twitter.com/I0tuikdKhM

— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) 26 April 2018

Tweeting his support, the star who was recently diagnosed with cancer, said: "I'm supporting nowwhatcanieat's campaign to create a cookbook, with famous chefs and dietitians, to help the many thousands who struggle with immune suppression.

"Created by Pippa Kent after her lung transplant & with a 20th May deadline."

Pippa is still an outpatient at Papworth but has made a remarkable recovery. Picture: David Johnson

Pippa told the News she wants the book to help thousands of people effected with suppressed immune systems to live "a better life."

She said: "The aim is to make a cookbook that could sit among the other cookbooks on the shelf and give people an escape from being ill.

"People say it would be really great to have a book – we have had a lot of enthusiasm but we also need everyone to get behind it financially.

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"It is a lot of money but it is so important the book comes out. It's been an important part of my journey [to recovery]. I would love it to come to a close with a book that helps people. "

Now What Can I Eat?

Pippa Kent, who was born with cystic fibrosis, was just 28 when she underwent lifesaving surgery at The Royal Papworth Hospital last year.

Self-confessed foodie Pippa says when she was handed a list of the things she could and could not eat after her double lung transplant her heart sank.

Transplant patients can get ill if they eat something prepared incorrectly.

Rare meat, blue cheese, and runny eggs are off the menu for starters. All food must also be thoroughly washed and vegetables peeled.

“I didnt want to remove food from my life because I had a transplant,” she said.

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She wants her book to be full of amazing recipes everyone can enjoy so friends and family will not be caught short wondering what to cook.

Pippa is also working with Papworth's dietitian team on a foreword and to ensure there is nothing in the book that is questionable.

Those tipped to be involved in the project include: Gizzi Erskine, Paul Ainsworth, The River Cottage café and Ed Rochet.

Pippa promises it will be “a really good mixture” of recipes and offer something for everyone, even those with regular immune systems.

You can donate to Pippa's Kickstarter here.

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