Charity Bake Off raises hospice funds
On Monday evening Blackpool Sixth hosted a Bake Off event which saw staff, students and members of the local community creating a stunning array of cakes for judging. The event raised over £550 pounds for Trinity Hospice.
Great British Bake Off 2017 runner up, Kate Lyon, was the celebrity judge for the charity baking extravaganza. Kate gave a talk about her GBBO experiences and this was followed by a Q&A with the Liverpudlian star baker.
The other judges were Sheila Swann from Trinity Hospice and Sue Flynn from Taylor Shaw who is in charge of catering at Blackpool Sixth. The judges were hugely impressed with the quality of the entries across the three age categories which were: school student (primary and secondary), sixth form student and open entry (adults). The youngest baker was just six years old.
The school student prize was won by Lucy Wilcock for a set of decorated cupcakes, Alex Greaves won the sixth form student category for decorated muffins and the open category was won by Nicola Stevens with an amazing Manchester ‘Bee’ sponge-cake.
There were also performances from sixth form musicians Macy Rodwell and Daisy Atkinson and a raffle which featured a ‘painted’ fruitcake baked by Kate Lyon herself. Large raffle prizes were also donated by Twelve Restaurant, Taylor Shaw, Blossom Boutique and Lancashire Prop Hire.
Jon McLeod, head of admissions, liaison and marketing at Blackpool Sixth commented, “We were so delighted that Kate was able to spare so much of her time to support this charity event. The standard of the baking was amazingly high and we are really pleased that the event has raised so much money for a really important cause.”
School student category (decorated cupcakes)
Winner: Lucy Wilcock
Runner up: Sophia Thompson
Highly commended: Emily Harrison, Esmé Speight
Sixth form student category (decorated muffins)
Winner: Alex Greaves
Runner up: Max White
Highly commended: Ragnar Nielson
Open category – adults (decorated sponge-cake)
Winner: Nicola Stevens
Runner up: Suzanne Mason
Highly commended: David Mason and Matthew Stone