The Great HSDC ‘Bake Off’ for Macmillan

September 29, 2017

Havant & South Downs College hosted its very own ‘Bake Off’ on Friday 29 September as part of another successful Macmillan Coffee Morning.

Staff brought in cakes and entered them into the ‘best cake competition’ to raise money for cancer awareness and support. Last year’s coffee morning raised an incredible £250 and staff from across the College came together in hope to raise even more this year.

One of HSDC’s chefs, Gary Poole-Gleed, took part to help judge all the entries and presented the winner Laura Adshead with a small prize and the prestigious title of ‘top baker’.

Winner Laura wowed Judge Gary with her unicorn-inspired three-tier cake, finished with green and pink icing.

Laura said: “Someone I went to uni with got a cook book published – The Unicorn Cook Book. I decided to cook something from the book and it turned out brilliantly first time!

“Of course, the coffee morning is not just about cake; it is about raising awareness and money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

“The College acknowledges the harsh statistics that threaten us today with cancer diagnosis and would like to ensure that any member of staff feels they would be supported by the College should it ever happen to them or a loved one.

“As such, we would like to open discussions at this coffee morning regarding a ‘Buddy Scheme’.

“If anyone has any direct experiences with cancer as an individual or through supporting a loved one and would be happy to lend advice and guidance to a fellow colleague should they find themselves in the same situation, please come along to the coffee morning and have a chat about how you can get involved.”

Well done to everyone who took part and for their hard work and late-night baking which made this event a success.

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