Staff rise to occasion with bake off boost for charity
Wednesday 30th September, 2015 - Staff from Ipswich-based social enterprise Realise Futures put their self-raising talents to the test by staging a fundraising Bake Off recently.
Staff at the Whitehouse Road head office brought in cakes and home bakes to be sampled by colleagues - in return for a donation to STOW, a charity which helps AIDS orphans and widows in Tanzania.
Personal assistant Trish Mannby was declared the winner of the bake off for her zebra cake, which staff judged to be the best of the bake off offerings.
Money was raised for STOW - Supporting Tanzanian Orphans and Widows - which was founded by Maria Adams, from Saxmundham, in 2005. It puts up to 200 young AIDS orphans a year through school and further education and also provides loans to widows to set up small home-based businesses.
Realise Futures has helped the charity for the past three years with staff donations and computer equipment and it's the second year running the business, which runs social enterprises in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Woodbridge and Felixstowe, has organised the Bake Off in aid of STOW.
Jane Sutton, Marketing and Communications Manager at the company's Alpha House, Ipswich, head office in Whitehouse Road, said: "We support STOW because they are a very small charity from Suffolk and our support goes a long way in making a positive difference to people's lives.
"We get reports first hand on how we have enabled someone to gain access to education, or starting a business, and this fits with our own social mission in our own communities.
"We had great fun making and judging the wonderful cakes our staff baked - and, of course, eating them!"
Photo: Realise Futures Chief Executive Officer Sarah Sharlott tucks into the winning charity Bake Off cake.
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