Pictons Great Bake Off Raises Funds for Macmillan Cancer Support

Baking mad accounts assistant Kirsty Nash decided to use her considerable skills to organise her own Macmillian Cancer charity fundraising ‘coffee morning’ at leading local firm Pictons by encouraging her colleagues to bake, buy – or do both!

A truly scrumptious selection of cupcakes, muffins, chocolate brownies and a banana and carrot cake were brought in and put on display for staff and visitors alike. Kirsty received a fund raising package from Macmillan Cancer Support which included a pack of ‘hundred and thousands’ so that people could guess how many were in the pack while making a donation of £1 and writing the number on a pad. A scratch card was provided to find out the answer at the end of the day.

Kirsty came up with the unique idea of baking a cake covered in the ‘hundreds and thousands’ so that the person who guessed the number closest to the amount would win this special prize.

Sukh Saini, Managing Partner at Pictons says “The staff at Pictons are always coming up with creative ideas on how to raise money for a wide range of charities and their colleagues are so generous.

“The fund raising cake sales are something of a regular feature in our offices and everyone is always delighted to buy a home made delicious cake. I think we’re eventually going to have to have a fund raising ‘diet week’ but I am quite sure that won’t be as popular!”

Kirsty says “I just love baking and I’m a big fan of the Great British Bake Off on TV. People always want to enjoy home made cakes so this just seemed like a good idea to help us support a truly great charity. We raised £75 from just one day and I am quite sure everyone went home full of delicious cakes. It’s so easy when you work for a company that does so much to support charities and the local community, because people are so willing to join in. I’m really grateful to my colleagues for making our ‘bake off’ such a big success.”

And who won the prize cake? Kirsty confesses “Rather embarrassingly it was me! I had guessed the number closest to the one that was revealed on the scratch card. As I shared the cake around the office I had to tell everyone that I honestly hadn’t counted the hundreds and thousands beforehand!”