Sara Pollard, director of Free from Temptation Ltd, talks about a fundraising event held to help a baby charity
This year, as many of you will have read in recent weeks, we held it in aid of Tommy’s – the baby charity that helps fund lifesaving research into saving babies’ lives and most importantly, for my best friends Tara and Jim, in memory of the babies they have tragically lost through miscarriage and stillbirth.
It was an emotional day and left me feeling incredibly humbled, due to the generosity of strangers and the people I spent the day with.
A lot of my friends rallied round to help me make it a huge success, so this week’s column is one of thanks and gratitude.
It’s not often you can find Wonder Woman, a kangaroo and Batgirl in the same hangout.
I want to begin by thanking Gordon Kidson-Petlem and Maria Gobbi – without them the day would not have been possible.
Thank you to my volunteers, Alistair Mcfarlane, Sean Crow, Gemma Cass, Amanda Symonds, Emma Gobbi and fellow ‘Bake-Off’ judges: Niki Tomkinson of Sweet Creation, Wave 105’s Gary Parker and Oliver Dakin of O And O Cakes.
You helped run all the games smoothly, provided entertainment for our customers with warm words and chatty banter.
You even helped me feed the homeless without hesitation, which was gracefully appreciated and vitally needed whilst they are out in the cold.
A special thanks also goes out to the winner of this year’s Great Gluten Free Bake Off 2015, Laura Scottorn.
Laura also happens to be my photographer. it was wonderful to see the judges unanimously crown her red velvet cake the 2015 ‘best in show’, especially as all the cakes donated this year were of such a high standard.
Astonishingly, with a little help from all those mentioned above, along with the people who either bought, donated or made cakes for the competition, we raised a massive £500 for Tommy’s.
Devina Ganas, the community fundraising manager for Tommy’s, commented on our achievements, saying: ‘What a brilliant result.
‘Well done and thank you so much for everything.’
So, who’s up for doing it all over again with me next year?
n Tommy’s raises funds for research into pregnancy problems and provides information to parents. For more information visit tommys.org.