Bake star backs cancer centre
A BAKING star has been announced as a patron to Beechwood Cancer Care Centre.
Luis Troyano, 42, from Poynton, who was a contestant on the last series of BBC TVs The Great British Bake Off, lost his dad to cancer when he was just 16 and wishes there had been a facility like Beechwood when he was going through his loss.
He said: “I wanted to support a charity that was close to home.
“It feels great to be a patron at Beechwood. There was nothing like Beechwood when I lost my dad and it was a tough time.
“My time on The Great British Bake Off has been life changing and I feel honoured to support Beechwood.”
Luis was given a guided tour of the cancer care centre by Angela Gray, fundraising manager at Beechwood, which is in nearby Stockport, and was presented with a certificate and badge.
In return, Luis brought along cakes for the staff, volunteers and patients to enjoy.
Angela said: “We are absolutely delighted that Luis has become a patron.
“It is fantastic. He is lovely and it is great to have a local man on board. His cakes went down a treat as well.
“We first met Luis at Poynton Show and we kept in touch on Twitter. He will really help raise our profile and increase knowledge and awareness of Beechwood’s services.”
Actor Lee Boardman and footballer Shay Given are also patrons of Beechwood.
Luis is joining the charity in its 25th anniversary year, which has also seen the launch of its Silver Wing Appeal.
The appeal aims to raise £100,000 to enhance patient experience and extend community facilities including a new café and charity shop. which is now open.
If you would like to get involved with fundraising get in touch with the fundraising team on 476 0384 or email fundraising@beechwood cancercare.co.uk.
●● Wilmslow High School student Jessica Waller, 16, and Chloe Watkins, 21, modelled a variety of evening dresses for the launch party
●● Luis Troyano and Angela Gray