Teenager’s ‘tash’ treats in memory of Gramps

Brynja Duthie with one of her 'Tash Cookies'. (Photo by Dylan Drummond)
Brynja Duthie with one of her 'Tash Cookies'. (Photo by Dylan Drummond)

An enterprising teenager is baking her way to a £3000 fundraising pot in memory of her ‘Gramps’.

To coincide with the fundraising campaign month of Movember – ‘the leading global organisation committed to changing the face of men’s health’ – 13-year-old Brynja Duthie, who lives in Cupar, is baking ‘Tash Cookies’.

And her tasty treats are now on sale from a number of outlets in north east Fife and Dundee.

Brynja’s grandfather, Nick Arnison, died earlier this year of prostate cancer following a three-year struggle with the illness.

He was initially diagnosed in January 2012, prior to which he had been an extremely healthy and active man. At that stage, Brynja embarked on her fundraising efforts.

Charmaine Duthie, Brynja’s mum and Nick’s step-daughter, said: “My dad fought his illness gallantly and with determination, as well as good humour.

“Brynja loved her Gramps very much and, although she misses him dearly, she is determined to turn a negative into a positive.”

She came up with the idea to sell ‘tash-on-a-stick’cookies.

She approached her school, Madras College in St Andrews, and was supported wholeheartedly, raising around £500.

The following year, she once again sold cookies at her school, the Cosmos Centre in St Andrews and other local businesses, raising around £1400.

This year, Brynja aims to raise £3000, as well as general awareness for the condition, and is currently approaching the £1000 mark.

She has spoken at her school assembly over the course of five days to raise aware of both Movember and the cookies.

She is also due to talk at a local Prostate Cancer Support Group in Fife.

The cookies, priced at £1, are available for sale at The Palais Tea Room, Union Street, Dundee; Madigan’s Food Emporium, Castle Street, Dundee; Henry’s Coffee House, City Square, Dundee; Hard Grind, Exchange Square, Dundee; Manna Cafe, Newport-on-Tay; Jannettas Gelateria, St Andrews; and Harbour Cafe, Tayport.

Further information can be found at Brynja’s Instagram page @tash_on_a_stick or at www.facebook.com/tashonastick, where buyers of the cookies are being encouraged to post ‘selfie’ photographs of themselves wearing their cookie!