Christmas bake off raises funds for Macmillan

Date: Wednesday 23 December 2020

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A Sherford resident who lost her grandmother to cancer this year has raised £400 for charity after hosting a virtual bake-off with friends and family.

June Booth, known as Mamma to her family, her daughter Jo Chamberlain and granddaughter Ruth Lilley were regular fundraisers for Macmillan Cancer Support, joining in with the charity’s national Coffee Morning event for the past few years.

June sadly passed away in July this year after being diagnosed with lung cancer, leaving a huge hole in the lives of Ruth and her family. 

Ruth was determined to continue her support for Macmillan and decided to hold a festive virtual baking competition with friends and family. People were invited to bake and decorate to the theme of ‘Christmas Jumper’. 

All entries were put to an online vote, with another of June’s granddaughters Chloe Booth taking first place with her ‘Keith the Snowman’ creation. She was rewarded with a food hamper that we donated.

Ruth said: “This year has been a tough one for many, but our family lost a huge part of our hearts when Mamma died. She was always the life of the party, and this time of year is particularly hard for us all as Mamma loved Christmas more than anyone in the family. 

“Every year we would host a Macmillan Coffee Morning, so this year we decided to host a Christmas baking competition in Mamma’s memory. It was a huge success, with 13 baked entries and everyone getting into the Christmas spirit. 

“We raised a huge £400 to help Macmillan Cancer Support to continue their work in supporting those with cancer and their families. I would like to thank all those who entered, as well as Taylor Wimpey who donated the fabulous hamper. We are very grateful, and we are already considering turning it into an annual event.”