Take a pinch of Santa’s stardust, a sprinkling of festive frosting and a dash of seasonal spirit – and you have all the ingredients for a fabulous Christmas Bake Off in aid of charity.
Staff and their families from Colne have been rolling up their sleeves in preparation for their show-stopping event on December 8, creating cakes and other sweet and savoury treats to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Judges will announce the winners later that day.
The organisation was nominated as Colne’s charity of the year by former board member Mike Andrews, of Fordham Heath, whose wife Vivienne died of cancer in 2014.
“We received such excellent support from Macmillan during that difficult time,” said Mr Andrews, “and so I’m extremely grateful to all those at Colne, along with their family and friends, who have been busy baking to raise money for this exceptionally worthwhile cause.”
Colne Support Officer Debi McAndrew, who herself received Macmillan’s help during recent treatment for breast cancer, said: “We’ll be selling our festive fancies to our colleagues and people working in our office block to raise as much money as we can.
“When I was diagnosed, it was a difficult time for me, my family, friends and colleagues and I can honestly say Macmillan played a huge part in making my journey manageable.
“Macmillan helped me with telephone advice on benefits while I was off work and with a course of face-to-face counselling once my active treatment was over.”
Claire Husband, Essex Fundraising Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support said: “We’re so grateful to everyone who is supporting this event, whether through baking or buying the wonderful treats on offer.
“Every day, 22 people in Essex hear the devastating news that they have cancer. The generosity and commitment from our supporters enables us to be there for as many of these people as possible.
“We’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and thank you all for supporting us throughout the year.”