Patsy Stone, co-founder, tells us all the story of the charity house Christmas cake from a few years ago. A lovely gesture that didn't quite go according to plan!
You can find the transcript of this video at the bottom of this blog post.
Want to help us make the Young People's Christmas Day meal super special this year?
A donation of a Christmas cake (bought or made!), Christmas Chocolate Log, mince pies or puddings of some sort, would be really lovely and go down very well across our two charity houses in Newbury Berkshire. All donations are very gratefully received and we thank you in advance for your generosity. Best wishes, Patsy x
Please find below the transcript of this video:
I thought I would share a story from Christmas a few years ago.
As some of you know we have a live in more mature person living with our Young People. We had just taken on a mature lady who’s CV said she could amongst everything else Cook! Apparently she was a good cook and cake baker. A real Mary Poppins! She requested that as a team building exercise she bake a Christmas cake with the Young People.
I purchased the ingredients and let her borrow my cake tin. When I called round I was greeted by very excited Young People. Come and look at our Christmas cake. As I entered the kitchen our new person announced. I hope its ok as I didn’t know how to work the oven! So I grilled it for 3hrs!
My heart sank to my boots. When I peered into the tin. It was more like a very flat burnt fruity pizza. They marzipan and iced this flat hard crust. Even decorated it!
I purchased them a shop cake as a backup just in case they couldn’t bite into the home made cake. After Christmas they were all very grateful for my cake gift to them.
Needless to say unfortunately there wasn’t much that this lady could do so we had to let her go.
Our young people were very excited and pleased to receive their gifts Christmas morning, and enjoyed their Christmas dinner too.
Thank you to everyone who donated gifts and food for our young residents this year, and for all your support through out the year.
We received this lovely hamper full of Christmas food and treats for our young people from Rob Lewis from BNI Bourne Newbury - Thank you so much!
John and Patsy collected these bags full of presents from Lynne, Vicky and Claire, from KPMG last Thursday. There is a bag for each of our young residents! Thank you to everyone at KPMG.
Our young people had a day out, ice skating at Winchester Yesterday. It was a bit chilly but they soon warmed up and had a great time. A massive thank you to Chris Spratling from BNI Newbury for donating the funds to make this happen.
Michelle and Gemma very kindly donated Christmas gifts for our young people, from people at AWE last week. We want to say a massive thank you to everyone who donated presents, it will make this Christmas even more special for our residents.
We had Christmas trees donated and delivered to both our charity houses last week - this is one of our residents helping to bring them in. A BIG thank you to John Starkey from BNI who organised it all.
We were at Hampstead Marshal Christmas Fair this weekend, Elfin around making money for the charity. We managed to make a great £54.60 - a big thank you to all of the people who donated and supported our charity on the day.
We were at the Christmas lights turn on in Thatcham on Friday with our stall and publicity boards. It was a cold evening but our young people came and helped out Patsy and John with setting up the stall and helping through the evening.
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