Charlie’s thank you bake sale

Super cake maker Charlie King is rising to the occasion to support John Taylor Hospice’s Big Brummie Bake.

Twenty-two-year-old Charlie, who runs baking company Charlie and the Cake Factory from her Sutton Coldfield home, is one of hundreds of local people taking part in the event to raise much-needed funds for the hospice.

This is the second year that Charlie has supported John Taylor as she raised £300 with a coffee morning for the hospice last spring.

Charlie is a huge baking fan. After years of receiving praise for the cakes she baked for family occasions she underwent training and set up her business two years ago making cakes for weddings, birthdays and other special events.

John Taylor Hospice’s Big Brummie Bake on Friday 5 April sees companies, schools, families and friends holding bake sales, coffee mornings and afternoon teas to raise money for the hospice. As soon as Charlie heard about the event she wanted to take part.

“I did a bake sale last year for John Taylor – I managed to raise just over £300 in three hours which is awesome and meant so much to me and my family,” said Charlie.

“Last year my grandad unfortunately passed away and, leading up to this, the staff at John Taylor couldn’t have been more amazing. They were always available for chats and a cup of tea, support, advice and even checked up on me and my family during our hard time.

“The support we received really helped us look at the situation in a different and more comforting light and really and honestly helped us and we cannot thank the hospice enough.”

John Taylor Hospice Community and Events Fundraising Manager Emily Boate said: “We are so grateful to Charlie for supporting us and holding a Big Brummie Bake. Every cake she bakes is helping us make a huge difference for local families.

“There’s still time to organise a Big Brummie Bake – you can sign up for your fantastic toolkit here or email me at [email protected] – we’d love you to help us bake a difference.”

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“They’ve been ever so good to me and that’s why I wanted to fundraise and do something to help just like they’ve helped me.”

Philomena Sharpe

“The impact they had will never be forgotten”

“The community nurses were so helpful and they’re lovely people. They put my mind at rest and it’s such a comfort to know you’re not on your own.”

Jackie Day

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