Style queen Celia launches new Bothar campaign

LIMERICK’s style queen Celia Holman Lee may have laboured over a hot stove for Celebrity Come Dine with Me, but has vowed she won’t be the one cooking this Valentine’s night.

LIMERICK’s style queen Celia Holman Lee may have laboured over a hot stove for Celebrity Come Dine with Me, but has vowed she won’t be the one cooking this Valentine’s night.

Launching charity agency Bothar’s Bee My Honey Valentine campaign, the model agency owner and Chronicle columnist said the show was “loads of fun” but cooking is just not for her.

“If there’s cooking to be done at our house, Ger is the one wearing the apron and I’m the one sipping a glass of champagne. I just can’t cook,” said Celia.

“The show was great fun and I did it exactly for that – fun. But cooking is just not my thing. Maybe the ‘Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook’ show would have been more appropriate for me,” she laughed.

As for keeping romance in her marriage of 40 years, Celia, 62, says it is much more about ‘friendship than flowers’ if you want to achieve longevity in a relationship.

“You should always have the magic and we do. But if you’re in it for the long haul, the key thing is to work on the friendship as much as anything else. It’s about compatibility,” she said.

“We are not short of romance though. Ger is great at surprises. I love a surprise and Ger really is great at that. We have always tried to celebrate Valentine’s, whether it’s a meal in at home or dinner at a restaurant. But one thing for sure, I won’t be cooking!”

Bothar’s Bee My Honey campaign is an appeal for couples to purchase honeybees this Valentines for the organisation’s projects in Uganda, Tanzania and Cameroon to help secure much needed nutrition and income for families.

For €50 patrons can purchase a share of honeybees that will produce medicinal honey and valuable wax, both of which are high in demand in local markets, for recipient families. Those who support the campaign will be sent a special Valentine’s card to give to their loved one.

For more information see www.bothar.ie.