Brendan helps raise the totals - The Worcester Observer

Brendan helps raise the totals

Worcester Editorial 30th Sep, 2015 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016   0

ONE of the stars of the Great British Bake Off judged an ‘electric’ cake off competition which raised more than £1,000 for charity.

npower’s Worcester office held their Great Macmillan Cake Off last Wednesday (September 23) as part of the charity’s 25th Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning and welcomed BBC’s Great British Bake Off star Brendan Lynch to judge the competition.

The former finalist named Lian Hitchen the ‘star baker’ with her classic Victoria sponge with vanilla and strawberry filling.

“I’m absolutely amazed I won the challenge, as there were some amazing cakes on display,” Lian said.

“This was definitely a labour of love as it took me 20 hours of sugar craft work to mould and assemble each individual piece that made up ‘Victoria’s afternoon tea’.

“Today was all about raising money for Macmillan and it’s been fantastic having a celebrity judge here to help celebrate our Coffee Morning – and winning the Cake Off challenge was just the icing on the cake.”

Brendan said: “It was an outstanding cake which won on several elements, especially on presentation and flavour – it’s a cake that you take a bite out of and you immediately want another slice. The whole concept was very well thought through with many hours of hard work and attention to detail gone into it.”

The company has offices around the country all taking part in the coffee morning and pledged to match every pound raised by the competition .

The fund-raisers at the bake off predict to see further donations come in and once their employer has matched the total they expect to hand over more than £2,000 to Macmillan.

“I’m really excited to be involved with this activity – especially as Macmillan is a cause very close to my heart,” Brendan added.

“I became aware of Macmillan about 15 years ago when my sister was diagnosed with cancer.

“I was so impressed with the professionalism and care, but not only with my sister, who was very dear to me, but also, the support they provided me and members of the family during extremely difficult times – something I will always be very grateful for,” he added.


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