biscuits and buns – but no soggy bottoms – were on the menu at a Leeds hospice’s very own bake off.
An array of tasty treats were on offer at Wheatfields Hospice in Headingley as staff, patients and supporters celebrated the 60th anniversary of Sue Ryder, the charity which runs the hospice.
Keen bakers showed off their skills in the kitchen, battling it out in three categories.
The lucky judging panel, sales manager Barry Peel, catering manager Norman Cox and staff nurse Rob Lilley, had the enviable task of picking the winners.
Sue Ryder’s regional fundraiser Charlotte Stern, who organised the event, said: “The bake off was a real success and our judges had some really difficult decisions to make.
“We had entries ranging from chocolate orange cheesecake to scones with cream and jam and peanut butter cookies, so there was something for every kind of sweet tooth.
“We decided to hold the bake off as a celebration of Sue Ryder’s 60th anniversary and also to bring staff, volunteers and supporters closer together.
“So many people came and enjoyed a chat and a piece of cake, so we’re really pleased with how it went.
“We also raised more than £130 to go towards the work of Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, which is a brilliant total.”
The winner of the single baked cake category was Rita Marshall with her Victoria sponge, while Gail Gleeson’s ground rice tray bake was top in the category for 12 biscuits or slices of tray bake.
In the cupcakes, fancies or buns competition, Lisa Ronkowski’s Victoria sponge cupcakes were named the best.
Following judging, visitors were able to buy cakes in aid of the hospice.
Sue Ryder was founded by Lady Ryder in 1953, who had grown up on the family farm at Scarcroft Grange, Leeds.
She wanted to help alleviate suffering and in 1953 established the Sue Ryder Foundation.
Today it operates seven specialist palliative care centres, six care centres for people with complex conditions and a growing list of community-based services.
Vintage 1950s-themed celebrations and tea parties to mark the charity’s 60th anniversary have been taking place across the country