Cake eating staff pass £4,000 fundraising mark
Sweet-toothed staff at the British Geological Survey (BGS) have raised thousands of pounds to support homeless and vulnerable people – by baking, selling, and (of course) eating cakes.
Scientists and support staff at the Survey’s Keyworth offices have chomped their way through an estimated 4,000 cakes over the last two years, raising a pound with every purchase for homelessness charity Framework.
Members of its Billy’s Basement Bakers club (William Smith was a renowned 19th Century geologist and has a building named in his honour) began to sell their home-baked wares after becoming concerned at the level of rough sleeping in Nottingham. In the time since they have even launched their own Framework-inspired recipe book.
Jackie Swift, who helped to hand over the latest tranche of funding to Framework representatives on Tuesday (July 23), explained: “We all knew what a great job Framework does in the community and wanted to do something to help. The baking idea has proved to be so successful because we all enjoy doing it so much. It’s perhaps not the best idea for everyone’s waistlines but it’s certainly a fun and easy way to raise money for a good cause.”
Louise Darby, Fundraising Manager at Framework, said: “This is a perfect example of a fun and enjoyable activity that has a direct and positive impact on our work. To put their accumulative efforts into perspective, £4,000 (or 4, 000 cakes on this occasion!) could help us to prevent nearly than 100 cases of homelessness. Equally, it could help us process and act upon around 800 emergency calls to our rough sleepers’ hotline. This money really will save and change lives in our communities and I would like to thank all involved for their efforts.”