A Partner from Waitrose Admiral Park is organising a fundraising coffee morning for customers and “bake off” for Partners in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
The fundraising events take place on Friday 27 September when Waitrose will take part in the ‘World’s biggest coffee morning’ in its café at Admiral Park in a bid to help beat Macmillan’s previous year’s record of raising £15 million.
Lisa Newman, one of the Partners who works at the Waitrose café decided to hold the event not only because of her fondness for baking but also due to the personal experience she has had with Macmillan whilst her mother was suffering from cancer eight years ago.
Although MacMillan does not operate a branch in Guernsey, Lisa who moved from Maidstone in Kent last July has endeavoured to continue raising money for the charity to show her appreciation for their work with both patients and families affected by cancer across the UK.
This year Waitrose is supporting the cause by donating cakes in its Café for customers to enjoy throughout the morning in exchange for a donation into one of the many Macmillan collection boxes.
Later on that day 15 Partners have pledged to take part in a “bake off” competition away from the shop floor. Here they will bring their home made cakes in under the scrutinising eyes and taste buds of the judges.
Admiral Park Branch Manager Allen Edwards and Alice Carré of Community Matters will be donning Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood masks to decide on the winners, who will be chosen based on the presentation, taste and texture of their bakes.
Mr Edwards is fully supportive of holding the event in branch.
“Of course we are happy to help any staff member who has the generosity and initiative to help a charity. The morning sounds like it will be great fun for everyone involved and hopefully we can all raise some much needed funds for Macmillan.”