Everyone who joined in the Great Pink Bake Off at Ferndown Leisure Centre came away a real winner.
Held on 18 October as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the event gave staff and customers a chance to raise money for research into the disease. It also meant they could show a popular member of staff just how much they think about her.
Part time receptionist Mary Golding has carried on working at the leisure centre despite having breast cancer.
She said “Everyone has been so supportive and understanding and this has helped me carry on working. That has made such a difference to me during treatment.”
It was Mary’s determination that encouraged her colleagues to support Breaththrough Breast Cancer’s bake off day.
With dozens of cakes made and donated by supporters, there was plenty of choice for those who popped into the leisure centre for a coffee and a bun.
There was also the chance to decorate a cup cake which appealed to adults as much as children.
Staff members Nikki Marshall, Stephanie Lawrence and Jo Sinclair organised the lunchtime event and were delighted with the backing of the busy bakers who rolled up their sleeves for the charity.
Jo said: “We have had so much support from people making cakes and those coming along to buy them.
“Everyone knows someone who has been affected by breast cancer and many of our customers are recovering after treatment.
“Mary has also inspired us and it was great to see her here joining in the fun.”
Every year, 50,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and Breakthrough funds almost 25 per cent of the UK’s breast cancer research.