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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Barrow bake-off boosts Ulverston hospice appeal

A BAKING competition help-ed cook up a tasty donation to the Evening Mail’s campaign in support of St Mary’s Hospice.

As part of the Foodie Fest in Barrow, the Evening Mail ran a charity bake-off at the Forum and raised more than £250 for the Reaching Out campaign in the process.

The campaign aims to raise £70,000 to help replace the hospice’s fleet of ageing vehicles that it relies on each day.

Evening Mail deputy advertising director Clare Fitzgerald helped organise the bake-off and said she was delighted with its success.

She said: “It was fantastic – the cakes were brilliant and the effort was fantastic from all the bakers.

“Any of the bakers who took part who left tins and stands at the Forum can collect them from the Evening Mail office.”

The competition saw 39 entrants across three categories – under 15s, home bakers and professionals – with all the proceeds going to Reaching Out.

In total the event raised £261.90 and a further surprise do-nation was made to a local care home after one of the cakes turned out to be too big to transport.

Instead, the giant sponge birdbath, made by Millom resident Mandy King, was taken round the corner to Lonsdale Nursing Home.

Celebrity chef Simon Rimmer, from Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, took the time to take a look at the cakes and said he was impressed with the quality of baking on display.

Dozens of photos from the event are online at www.nwemail.co.uk to view. The Reaching Out campaign has now raised £11,528.90 so far.

St Mary’s Hospice currently has seven vehicles which need replacing and the Evening Mail is doing its bit to make sure the hospice can continue giving a fantastic level of care to patients across South Cumbria.

If you are interested in getting involved and helping raise money for Reaching Out, contact reporter Paul Berentzen by emailing paul.berentzen@nwemail.co.uk or phoning 01229 580045.

You can donate online at www.justgiving.com/reaching-out or by sending your donations – clearly marked Reaching Out – to the Evening Mail’s Abbey Road office.

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