Stay-At-Home-Mum's Offer To Cook For Struggling Families Goes Viral

14/08/2014 16:57 | Updated 20 May 2015

Mum's offer to cook for families

A stay-at-home-mum has become an online sensation after posting a Gumtree advert offering a 'home cooked meal every Monday' for struggling families.

Boudicca Stretton-Brown came up with the idea while watching TV with her family.

She thought she could just as easily cook in bulk as cook for her family – and she could help others less fortunate in the process.

The 27-year-old from Cardiff told her local paper: "I thought if I am making a pie once a week, I could just make an extra pie.

"If you are cooking in bulk it is a lot cheaper, so it goes a lot further."

So she contacted Gumtree and placed the following advert: "Free home cooked meal every Monday (or other arranged day) for family with children living on benefits or struggling to keep the fridge stocked due to unforeseen personal circumstances.

"I will be cooking for my own family and make extra, which can be picked up or I can drop off if local.

"If this seems like a good idea to you please let me know and we will arrange things. I'm a stay at home mum and lucky enough to be in a position to offer a little help to those who may need it."

Since placing the advert, Boudicca – mum to four-month-old Orson, Harrison, two, and Alec, three - has been inundated with emails, phone calls and text messages from well-wishers up and down the country.

She said: "My advert went all over Twitter. It was a bit of a shock. Lots of people wrote to say that they saw my advert and felt inspired to donate to charity.

"I've had a few really nice emails from people saying want to help out with the cooking, including one from a chef! It has been really heart warming. I've been feeling very fuzzy the past few days."

Boudicca, who moved to Cardiff when she was 21 to study contemporary textiles, said: "I've always wanted to do something like this, but for one reason or another – being at university, having too much work, having babies – I haven't had enough time. Now I feel in a position where I am a bit more in control."

She added: "I just have to be realistic and take on what I can manage.

"I will try and keep it small for now and maybe when kids are bigger I will think about expanding."

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