Grab a slice of life this year by supporting charity

Rosemere's recipe for a happy Valentine's Day is to get baking, as demonstrated by Polly Haythornthwaite (13) and nine-year-old Daniel Fishwick.
Rosemere's recipe for a happy Valentine's Day is to get baking, as demonstrated by Polly Haythornthwaite (13) and nine-year-old Daniel Fishwick.

A cancer charity is urging people to get baking to help its latest fundraising appeal.

Throughout this month, Rosemere is seeking volunteers to help it raise funds by having family, friends and neighbours round for a slice of cake and a brew.

The charity, which fundraises to bring world class cancer care to patients being treated at Furness and Westmorland General Hospitals and the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, as well as other centres throughout South Cumbria and Lancashire, is also seeking community groups such as Young Farmers’ Clubs, scouts and guides plus WIs and service oganisations to host cake-offs. Cake-offs are fun competitions not too dissimilar to the BBC’s Great British Bake Off in that cakes, buns and biscuits are put forward for judging. Following judging, all entries are either sold or eaten on the spot as part of a fund boosting coffee morning or afternoon tea.

Area fundraising coordinator Cathy Skidmore, of Burton-in-Kendal, said: “This will be our fifth annual Valentine’s Appeal.

“The appeal is our big fundraising push of the year. February can be a miserable month weather-wise, so what could be nicer than an invitation to enjoy some delicious home-baking and a cuppa in good company, the icing on the cake being that you’re helping others at the same time?”

As well as funding complementary therapy sessions for local chemotherapy patients, among local projects Rosemere has supported is the refurbishment of wards at Westmorland General Hospital at a cost of £100,000 to create a dedicated chemotherapy unit.

It also invested £59,000 in scope guides to make screening for bowel cancer in Barrow and Lancaster more effective and comfortable for patients.

Anyone who would like to helpwith the Valentine’s Appeal should telephone area fundraising coordinators Cathy Skidmore or Sandi Haythornthwaite on 01772 523728.