Bake star backs can­cer cen­tre

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

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.

www.beech­wood­cancer care.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

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