Staff at Specsavers in Birkenhead put their culinary skills to the test recently by hosting an in-store bake sale for the Poppy Appeal.
Bake sale to remember
The store hosted its bake sale on Monday 10 November, the day after Remembrance Sunday, and raised an impressive £172 thanks to generous donations made by staff and customers, in exchange for the tasty treats.
Nearly all of the staff from the Grange Precinct-based Specsavers store donned their aprons the night before to bake the cakes in their homes.
Customers who visited the store were invited to enjoy the tasty treats on display by simply making a donation to the Poppy Appeal.
The cakes and biscuits created by the staff all followed a poppy-inspired red theme and created an impressive spread when on display in the store and as a result, by the end of the day, nearly all were sold.
Top store baker, Sarah Martingell led the baking marathon. She baked a special cake with the ‘Lest We Forget’ wording which also featured a huge poppy made from icing. Her cake was the centre-piece of the spread and was the talk of the day (image attached).
Store director, Ken Roberts says: ’It was fantastic to see the staff pulling together for this important charity. We know how close this is to the hearts of many of our customers and staff alike, which is why we were keen to do our part for the charity.
‘We all love home baked cakes in store and we know our customers do too! I was pretty confident that, thanks to the baking talents of our staff, the bake sale would get everyone digging deep to donate!’
He continues: ‘Sarah, who is known as our champion cake maker in-store, led the effort and all of the other staff at the store followed her lead. It was very rewarding to see all of the staff in the store pulling together to create such an impressive spread. I am delighted we managed to raise what we did in just one day.’
The work done by the Royal British Legion
The Royal British Legion created the Poppy Appeal to help those returning from the First World War. A century on from the start of that conflict, they are still helping today's Armed Forces families in much the same way, whether coping with bereavement, living with disability, or finding employment.
The poppy is a powerful symbol. It is worn to commemorate the sacrifices of our Armed Forces and to show support to those still serving today and their loved ones.
Money raised through the Poppy Appeal goes directly to welfare work providing through life care to anyone who is currently serving in the British Armed Forces, who has previously served, and their families.