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The youngest award winning vegan chef in the UK, and the CEO and founder of Dipalicious, 11-year-old Omari McQueen has voiced his support for CHICKS coronavirus fundraising appeal.
Omari, who has recently appeared on the BBC’s Blue Peter, says he feels a real affinity with CHICKS having been a young carer for his Mum, who suffers from hemiplegic migraines which give her stroke-like symptoms, including paralysis.
Over the coming days Omari will be voicing his support for CHICKS on his Instagram and in the media and will be sharing his own recipe tutorials with children across the country who aren’t currently able to attend a CHICKS break due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Omari explained: "By supporting CHICKS I want to help children like me who have to look after their parents, because I had to be a young carer for my Mum. The way I escaped from that was when I was cooking in the kitchen, and I think my cooking was the reason my Mum got better.
"I would tidy up and look after my siblings with my older brother and cook for all the family. I can see similarities between me and the children CHICKS helps so that's why I want to help."
Omari is aware of families not having a lot of money to spend on food at the moment so has created a playlist on his YouTube channel called Cooking Cheap with tutorials on how to make healthy, nutritious meals such as vegetable quinoa with mushrooms, banana and oat shakes and pumpkin soup for a family of eight for under £10.
We’ll be sharing Omari’s content on CHICKS new Facebook group CHICKS Happy Place in the coming weeks. The group aims to take CHICKS breaks straight to the homes of children who aren’t currently able to attend a break in person.
The whole CHICKS team would like to say a huge thank you to Omari for his amazing support, he is an inspirational young man who we really look forward to working with.