Friends cook up a storm for charity

Published September 25, 2017 at 10:11

Three friends who staged a charity bake-a-thon say hitting their target was the icing on the cake for 24 hour cooking marathon.

Abigail Wrench, Becca Astin and Kirsty Lauder held the mega cake making session at Abigail’s Burnley home in aid of Pendleside, Hospice.

The group raised £1,702 by baking from 8pm to 8am the next morning.

Abigail, a legal officer for Rossendale Borough Council, whose hero is baking royalty Mary Berry, said the trio came up with the idea after Becca’s partner took part in a charity computer game marathon.

The bakeathon saw Abigail and Becca bake everything from rainbow cakes to shortbread, croissants and sausage rolls while Kirsty broadcast the event on YouTube and kept their Facebook page constantly updated.

Other family and friends were also drafted in to help with the all-important tea making and washing up.

While friends Linda Sawley, Joanne Kelly offered massages and manicures to boost the total raised and pal Amy Crossley provided live music entertainment to keep the challenge going.

Abigail said:

Around 80 people came on the day and supported us. I think the highlight for me was Amy singing live in our kitchen which really lifted our spirits.
And also the amazing support of our friends and family that came to cheer us on and donate as well as counting the money the following day and realising how much we had raised for charity!

She added :

During the night was the worst bit, between 3 and 5am. We had a lot of people watching online and getting involved most of the time but during the night we were very much on our own, tired and trying to keep motivated and keep going.

But we were absolutely overwhelmed with the support we received and so happy that we completed the challenge, raising so much for Pendleside Hospice. And I still love baking! (I was afraid it would put me off for life!

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