Baking fans raise dough for cause
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