July 2020

In the height of lockdown we felt very strongly we should be using our cooking skills to support others. So, we worked with one of our friends and 2 other local businesses to set up an initiative called Cakes For Champions. Between us we provided over 3000 cakes  on a not for profit basis for frontline NHS staff at local hospitals and health centres.  We delivered weekly to  The Lister and Luton and Dunstable hospitals and the community hubs in St Albans, Hemel Hempstead and Harpenden. During their shifts the staff were limited to where they could take their breaks ( if they got them) and the normal food outlets were not operating. Our usual response to someone's troubles is to bake them a cake and we felt that this initiative provided a little of that comfort to our wonderful NHS staff, who faced huge challenges and risks every day.

The cakes were very well received and we are delighted that we could do our bit using the skills that we have.  We are grateful to everyone who donated to our fund raising efforts which covered our basic costs of ingredients, to Gill Ingram for distributing the cakes, to Quotidien Bakery and Brewery Tea Rooms for helping make the cakes and Tilly Todd and Felicity Cripps for design and social media marketing

As lockdown has eased and hospitals are getting back to a more normal operating system we have decided to bring the initiative to an end.  The small amount of remaining funds have been distributed to NHS charities that support staff and patients.

Our new poster boys!

Our new poster boys!

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We were fortunate to secure the services of professional photographer Penny Bird https://www.pennybird.co.uk/ who came to one of our Larder Louts cooking lessons to take photos for us to use in our publicity. The gentlemen attending were delighted at the prospect of being our new poster boys and we were very pleased with the results.  Some of the photos can be found on our website .... see what you think!

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