Bak­ing fans raise dough for cause

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP - TOM BUR­NETT

KEEN bak­ers served up a treat for a men­tal health char- ity.

Staff at NHS Eastern Cheshire Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG) held their own ver­sion of the BBC’s ‘The Great Bri­tish Bake Off’.

The Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal based CCG, held the five-week-long bake-off in aid of Visyon.

They held a staff vote and chose the Con­gle­ton­based char­ity be­cause of its work in sup­port­ing the emo­tional health and well­be­ing of chil­dren and young peo­ple.

The idea for the bake off, which raised £289.22 for the char­ity, was cooked up by one of the CCG’s trans­for­ma­tion man­agers, Jane Stair­mand.

Jane said: “We’ve got a lot of keen bak­ers here at the CCG and we wanted to do some­thing that com­bined peo­ple’s love of cook­ing and eat­ing, as well as rais­ing money for a good cause.”

Twelve bak­ers took part in the bake off, with the chal­lengers tasked with a dif­fer­ent theme each week, in­clud­ing for­ag­ing, nos­tal­gia and Dis­ney.

En­tries in­cluded a ‘Ra­pun­zel tower’ out of cus­tard cream bis­cuits and a ‘gold bar’ choux pas­try cre­ation with en­tirely for­aged in­gre­di­ents.

Jane added: “Not only did the bake off raise a lot of money for a fan­tas­tic char­ity, it was also a lot of fun and re­ally brought the staff to­gether – I can’t wait to or­gan­ise the next one.”

Head judge and clin­i­cal projects man­ager, Karen Bur­ton, en­sured that ev­ery bake was judged ac­cord­ing to the stan­dards of the Women’s In­sti­tute.

Many guest judges lent their time and eat­ing ex­per­tise to the bake off, in­clud­ing An­to­nia Fusaro, owner of Mac­cles­field’s Cherry Blos­som Bak­ery, and John Wil­bra­ham, chief ex­ec­u­tive of East Cheshire NHS Trust, which runs Eastern Cheshire’s three hos­pi­tals.

John, who judged the bake-off’s bis­cuit week, said: “I was hon­oured to be in­vited to judge the qual­ity of NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, as it is nor­mally the CCG judg­ing me. The qual­ity of the bis­cuits was fan­tas­tic.”

Visyon PR and fundrais­ing of­fi­cer, Philippa Dun­calf, said: “We are very grate­ful to staff at NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG for sup­port­ing us.

“Peo­ple of­ten for­get we are pri­mar­ily a char­ity and with such high lev­els of de­mand for our free ser­vice, we are con­stantly short of money to meet the need.”

‘We’ve got a lot of keen bak­ers here and wanted to do some­thing’

●● Jane Stair­mand and Karen Bur­ton with one of the win­ning bake off en­tries

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