Healthcare recruiters sell hundreds of cakes for disabled people

18 July 2017

Newton Abbotts Give and BakeNursing and care recruiters across the country swapped healthcare for sponge-care, donning their aprons to raise money for vital support services for disabled people.

Taking part in Leonard Cheshire Disability’s annual ‘Give & Bake’, a staggering 41 different Nurse Plus branches across the UK rolled up their sleeves and whisked, whipped and iced their best creations for a fundraising bake-sale on Wednesday 12 July.

Nurse Plus is a national recruitment agency specialising in healthcare and is a supporter of Leonard Cheshire Disability. They have so far raised £2,300, with money still coming in. All funds will go towards a range of Leonard Cheshire care services, including innovative therapies to help those involved in an accident regain movement and benefit from physiotherapy.

One of the top Nurse Plus branches for money-raising was Newton Abbot.

Branch manager Alice Hamilton said:

‘It was lovely to see so many of our clients and staff come and visit us and enjoy cake!

‘We also met a lot of new faces with people coming in from Newton Abbot high street.

‘There was a real buzz about the office with everyone leaving very full and happy. Everyone was exceptionally generous and enjoyed the day.’

Fellow baker Tess Smith, branch manager from Doncaster in Yorkshire, said:

‘I used to be a trustee of the Victoria Cross and that’s when I first came across Leonard Cheshire, as he had received that award.’

Tess said she learnt how Group Captain Leonard Cheshire, after the war, turned his attentions to helping others and began a lifetime of humanitarian work for disabled people, across the globe.

She said:

‘His selfless act and compassion for others sets him aside as a generous hero.

‘So at Nurse Plus we invited all staff and their families to come along for cake to help raise money for his charity.’

As well as asking Nurse Plus to take part, the charity is calling on anyone to flex their baking skills this summer and offer their friends, family or work colleagues their beautiful, wacky or classic cake creations in exchange for a donation, which will directly support disabled people.

Radio personality, weather presenter and charity volunteer Sian Welby is also supporting the campaign, urging people to get baking this July to help provide life changing care.

Sian volunteers at the charity’s Randall Close service in Wandsworth, a day centre for people with physical disabilities.

She said:

‘You don’t need to worry about your bakes being judged for having a soggy bottom, just have fun with your friends and family, and raise loads of dough for Leonard Cheshire Disability.

‘I’m delighted to support Give & Bake, and help make a positive difference to the lives of disabled people.’

Serena Watson, service manager at Leonard Cheshire Disability’s Kenmore care home in Yorkshire said:

‘Fundraising is enjoyable but not always easy! However, we find the local community really gets behind Give & Bake — everyone loves cake!

‘The money raised enables residents to enjoy accessing activities or therapies they would not be able to otherwise.

‘At our service, we’re using it to fundraise for a table top garden which is wheelchair accessible for gardening enthusiasts.

‘Across Leonard Cheshire services, Give & Bake will help provide a range of vital services for disabled people, whether it’s activities that boost daily quality of life, or therapies to help people learn to walk again after an accident.’

One in six people are disabled in the UK, and disability can affect anyone at any time in their lives. When it does, Leonard Cheshire Disability is there to help and support people to live the lives they choose.

It’s really easy to get involved in ‘Give & Bake’, to register call 020 3242 0365.

Sian also produced a Give & Bake weather forecast.

Fellow Give & Bake supporter, actor, author and entrepreneur Jane Asher is among famous foodies to have provided great cake recipes.

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Notes to editors

  • Leonard Cheshire Disability is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of services for disabled people. Our services include high-quality care and community support together with innovative projects supporting disabled people into education, employment and entrepreneurship. Worldwide, our global alliance of Cheshire partners supports disabled people into education and employment, and works in more than 50 countries.
  • Nurse Plus is a provider of high quality, nursing, healthcare and support staff into the public and private sectors including homecare, nursing, learning disabilities, mental health and children. Nurse Plus has over 50 offices nationwide with expansion plans for further growth and coverage.