Date of release: 18 May 2020
Two budding bakers are on course to raise almost £1,000 for The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust after cooking up treats.
Freya Walker, 22, a second year Student Mental Health Nurse from Hednesford, started baking cookies after missing out on a paid placement to be fast-tracked into work due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Instead she started baking and set up a Just Giving page to raise money for her local hospital, which is Cannock Chase, part of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. Freya has already raised well over £200 in two weeks and has now branched out into baking different recipes following requests.
The Staffordshire University student decided to bake only cookies because of the difficulty in sourcing ingredients. But she has been able to be more creative with the flavours – she has fulfilled requests for chocolate orange, M&M and white chocolate and raspberry. She has delivered the goodies direct to customers, leaving them in porches or on doorsteps.
“I really enjoy baking in my spare time – I find it helps me relax and deal with stress and who doesn’t love sweet treats?” said Freya. “It also gives me time and space to experiment with different food types and flavours. I have decided to use my hobby to make custom orders as a means to help raise money for the NHS through this difficult period. I initially wanted to raise £50 as a suitable challenge and I wasn’t expecting such large donations, or as much interest as it’s received! All the money raised has been put towards The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust’s Covid-19 appeal.”
Marnie Taylor, aged ten and from Sedgley, has always loved baking cakes and decided to channel her passion into raising money for the Trust. The total raised by the Year 5 pupil at Alder Coppice Primary School stands at well over £500 in three weeks after mum Gemma Taylor, 41, decided to start raffling her cakes off for £2 each on a Just Giving page. Every Sunday, Marnie does a live online draw where all participants are allocated a number and she draws the winning ticket. The winner’s favourite flavour is noted and the cake is baked and delivered to their door. So far Marnie has baked cheesecakes, Viennese whirls, assorted caramel, chocolate, carrot cakes, brownies, lemon drizzle, Victoria sponge, churros and red velvet cupcakes.
They also decided to raise money for the Trust in honour of Gemma’s father Geoffrey Hughes, who died of heart failure at the age of 58 in 1999, and her husband’s late father Joseph Taylor, who passed away in 2011 aged 64. Both were treated at New Cross Hospital.
“It’s such a good cause with all the hard work the staff are putting in at the moment,” said Gemma, an accounts administrator for Black Country Skips in Coseley. “My dad died at a young age after suffering a lot of heart problems, and a lot of Covid-19 patients have been treated at the Heart and Lung Centre, so we would like our donations to go there.”
To donate, Freya’s Just Giving page can be found at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/freyascookies-nhsand Marnie’s is at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/marnie-taylor1