4th October 2013 – Airedale’s great bake sales raises over £1,000

Posted on October 8, 2013 by AireAdmin

Kind hearted amateur bakers at Airedale Hospital have raised more than £1,000 for two charities.

Colleagues from the hospital’s human resources, pathology and anaesthetic and theatre departments set up stalls in staff rooms to tempt teams to part with their pennies for good causes.  The bake sales, which took place over two days, raised more than £600 for Macmillan Cancer Support and over £400 for Lifebox, a not for profit organisation that saves lives by improving the safety of surgical care in low-resource countries.

Staff across the trust helped out by baking buns at home and bringing them to work for their colleagues to sell for the charities.  Those with a sweet tooth were not stuck for choice with a mountain of biscuits, decorated cupcakes, scones and sponges to choose from.  And for anyone wanting a savoury snack, staff had cooked up soup and samosas.

Jodie Hearnshaw (pictured), human resources advisor at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust said: “Everyone really rose to the challenge and helped us create bake sales that even Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood would be proud of.”

Shujahat Shah, patient service manager for theatres, said: “The money raised from the anaesthesia bake sale will go towards essential equipment like pulse oximiters, which measure patients’ oxygen levels, to help surgical staff in other countries.”

Specialist biomedical scientist, Lesley Smith, who organised the pathology ‘cake café’, said: “We’d like to thank everyone who baked or bought for each of the bake sales as they have helped us to raise hundreds of pounds for these worthy causes.”