On Tuesday 31st May DBD held it’s own Great British Bake Off, all in the name of raising money for Lister Hospital Children’s Ward.
The Children’s Ward at Lister Hospital provides care for children, working with larger hospitals like Great Ormond Street and Addenbrooke’s. Big toy companies often make generous donations to the large hospitals but miss out small local hospitals like Lister. Wayne Balaam, whose son has treatment at Lister Hospital, wanted to change this and so a companywide baking competition was organised by Vicki Shepherd to raise money towards the purchase of toys for the Children’s Ward at Lister Hospital.
The company was split into 13 teams and every team member had to have input in the design and baking of the cake. Many teams used the bank holiday weekend before the competition to get together and work on their creation. Brought into judge the teams efforts was professional baker Adrian, from Susan’s Bakery in Hemel Hempstead.
Top row: L-R Kitchens Operation’s winning entry, professional baker Adrian, Sales Support’s entry
Second row L-R: Director’s entry, Admin’s entry, Sales Co-ordinators entry
Third row L-R: Lee S’s entry for Project Development, Victoria N’s entry for PD, Joel B’s entry for PD
Fourth row L-R: Michael P’s entry for PD, Adam W’s entry for PD, Luke B’s entry for Kitchens
Bottom row L-R: Finance’s entry, Transport’s entry, Warehouse’s entry
Adrian, who had the tough task of slicing into and tasting each cake, chose Kitchen Operation’s cake as the winner based on it’s exceptional design and taste. Congratulations to Emily Pike, Catherine Cox, Eddie Dowd and Chantelle Deckett. Their cake was chocolate flavoured and baked by Emily using her mum’s family recipe.
Prizes for the competition were donated by Miele, CDA, Smeg, AEG, Air Salon, Beko, Holiday Inn, Hoover Candy, Bosch, Bentley’s Delicatessen and Kaboodle. The unclaimed prizes were auctioned off by Martin Kowalski who raised even more money with the help of some generous bidders.
Seen here in the Sunshine Room is everything that was bought for the hospital with the money raised! Wayne’s children Lincoln and Brandon (L-R in photo), who has treatment at the hospital, had input in what was bought.