Matthew’s Friends Keto-Stars

starAt Matthew’s Friends, we know and understand how vital ‘support ‘is when on a prescribed Ketogenic Dietary Therapy.

We want to recognise not only the patients, be they children or adults, but also those around them that contribute so much and can make the difference between success and failure.

This is your opportunity to say ‘Thank You’ to a special person or family member, group, school, hospice. Perhaps a certain restaurant or hotel has gone that ‘extra mile’ that has helped your family eat/holiday together happily.

Tell us via this form why they deserve a special ‘Keto-Star’ award from Matthew’s Friends and they will receive a special certificate that they can display with pride.

They may also receive a surprise gift with their certificate!

Go ahead, nominate today and show that special ‘Keto-Star’ how much they are valued by you AND by us here at Matthew’s Friends Ketogenic Dietary Therapies Charity.

Keto Star Nomination Form

Latest Keto-Star Awards!

Jo-YE2ROWAN HOUSE Young Epilepsy


“Nathan moved into Rowan house at Young Epilepsy in September 2015. Besides the fact that I was sending my son away to school and giving up ‘control’ of his medicine and everyday care I had to hand over the keto diet. I was not sure how they were going to manage his diet – and watch everything like I did – while taking care of him and the other boys in the house.

Well the team at Rowan House – Rob, Celia, Ben, Madalina and Jo and Andreina took my book of suggested recipes, ordered the necessary supplies and started cooking. Nathan always likes to point out when his routine is altered and not once has he told me that they missed a snack or bedtime milk shake. Nathan even comes home and tells me I need to cook like them!

Thank you for taking such good care of Nathan and watching every detail.”



Dragos-and-EmilyDRAGOS STANCIU


“Dragos, who worked as an A&E Doctor, was diagnosed with an aggressive type of brain tumour last year. His dedication to an incredibly strict Ketogenic diet has been outstanding. He doesn’t particularly enjoy it. But he, with the support of his wife, for the sake of their two young sons have stuck to this difficult diet. He has been commended by his specialists, including a unique nutritional study being undertaken in the UK, for his attitude and ability to follow it.

Knowing how important food and variety was to Dragos I have been truly astounded by their dedication to what is clearly a challenging diet.”

Keto-Stars Roll of Honour – Spring 2016

Our very first Keto-Star award goes to Rhea and her Grandfather Vithal…

keto1Purabi, Rhea’s Mum, tells us how she felt about receiving the awards for her precious daughter and Dad….

“Rhea’s been on the Ketogenic Diet for her Epilepsy now for coming up to 10 years! During that time we have had the support of the neuro and Ketogenic diet teams at GOSH but the support that has meant the most to us has come from a charity called Matthews Friends who have offered us so much help and support at the times we have needed it the most – weekends and evenings. We would have been lost without Emma Williams Julie Edwards and the rest of the team. They have always been there for us. Rhea’s benefited lots from being on the diet, however, we have all as a family had to commit to it in different ways and at times it’s not been easy. Rhea has had to cope with some of the side effects which she has done so well and her body has had to get used to having a diet of 80% fat. She’s also had to have three monthly blood tests.

My dad has been a super star and has been making up Rhea’s ketogenic feeds for the last 9 years now and that’s the favourite time of the day for him! He puts so much passion into making up the milks and weighs all the Ingredients so accurately. Dad cried today when he got his certificate! And I’ve had to liaise closely with all the teams over the years. Every single new drug she is stated on means that I have to have discussions with the medicine information team at GOSH so we can work out the carbohydrate values of drugs and figure out which brand has the least carbs in. Anyway it’s all been so worthwhile because today my dad and Rhea have won Keto star certificates from Matthew’s Friends and it’s made this one very happy household indeed!

My dad also got a special chefs apron which he will wear when he makes the feeds up and Rhea got a lovely pillow pet. These awards have given us such a boost as a family and we are so grateful to Emma and everyone at Matthew’s Friends. Much love to you all!”

Of course we would not forget super Keto-Star Mum Purabi herself, she was very happy to receive these flowers and message from all the team at Matthew’s Friends.


O & JOakley and Jayden are very happy to have received their Keto-Star Awards!

Their Aunt Katherine nominated them both for adapting and dealing brilliantly as their little sister Isabelle started the Ketogenic Diet.

“They haven’t complained once about having to eat out of sight of Isabelle or having to adapt to have the ‘same’ meal.”

We think they are fantastic big brothers and Matthew’s Friends Keto-Stars!

BEST WESTERN Mytton Fold Hotel & Golf Club | Blackburn

Best WesternThis hotel was nominated by Keto Mum Debbie Banks… “Amazing family run hotel. Very accommodating for Keto . Set up a microwave, mini oven, access to fridge / freezer. Nothing too much trouble . Really helpful staff”. On hearing they had received their award, Debbie said “Amazing! well done you truly deserve it xxx”

The hotel announced on social media… “We are very proud to have received a ‘KetoStar’ award from Matthew’s Friends today!” along with their great photo of the staff and their certificate.

Two other Keto Mums joined in the congratulations…

Karen Ridley… “Well deserved” and Joanne Glover “Oh wow and totally deserved we have loved spending our Keto weekends away there.. amazing support”

RachelRachel Hornibrook

Nominated by Caroline Matthews, another fantastic Keto-Mum….

“Rachel’s son Henry has started the diet quite recently. She’s embraced the diet head on and is always inventing new recipes and finding new products. She’s set up a small and very informative (closed) Facebook group . “UK Ketogenic Diet for Medical Purposes”.

We think Rachel is a Keto-Star and Henry is too! We wish them good luck on their Keto journey, keep up the good work Rachel!