THE chefs of tomorrow have been cooking up a storm to raise hundreds of pounds for a Haddington charity.

Pupils at the town’s Compass School came up with the idea of collecting recipes from across the school community and publishing them as a recipe book.

More than 140 copies were sold, with the profit of £585 donated to Our Community Kitchen, which is based at the town’s bowling club.

Earlier this month, the school’s pupil council was delighted to be able to hand over a cheque to Elaine Gale, from Our Community Kitchen.

The charity’s aim is to bring people who are socially isolated from throughout the Haddington and Lammermuir area together to share home-cooked food in a relaxed and friendly environment, allowing for friendships to form.

There are no barriers to age or ability, all are welcome.

Ms Gale told the children more about the work of the charity on her visit to the school and thanked the school community for their support and generosity.

Mark Becher, headteacher at the school, on Haddington’s West Road, was “absolutely delighted” with the support the initiative received.

He said: “Our pupil council became aware of the work of the charity, particularly during the first lockdown; when they returned to school, they wished to include the charity alongside those others which we choose to assist each year.

“We received a fantastic response from the school community for recipes to be included in the book: from home-baking ideas to casseroles; from soups to desserts.

“The resulting publication proved to be very popular and, if you can forgive the pun, sold like hot cakes!

“We would like to publicly thank everyone who helped us and purchased a copy of the book.

“Through their support, we have been able to raise a significant amount for this important charity and support their invaluable work in the local community.”