Barking and Dagenham bakers raise dough for Macmillan

PUBLISHED: 11:03 29 September 2015 | UPDATED: 11:03 29 September 2015

From left Amy Dawes, 10, Cadie Rose, 10, Charley Dawes, 7, Lily Nash, 10, with cakes at a Macmillan coffee morning at a Macmillan coffee morning at Dorothy Barley Junior School

From left Amy Dawes, 10, Cadie Rose, 10, Charley Dawes, 7, Lily Nash, 10, with cakes at a Macmillan coffee morning at a Macmillan coffee morning at Dorothy Barley Junior School


The world’s biggest coffee morning saw bakers across the borough raise cake-loads of flour and more than £1,000 to fight cancer.

At Dorothy Barley Junior School in Dagenham, staff members took up their rolling pins for the Great Barley Bake Off, raising more than £350 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

“We are very proud of all the children, staff and parents who supported us in this,” said headteacher Cathy Leicester.

“Many members of our school community have had their lives touched by cancer and we felt it was important to show our support.”

Meanwhile, visitors to Eastbrook Community Centre enjoyed a vintage-themed coffee and cake day, also raising £350.

“My mum had a cancer-related disease, and we were involved with Macmillan nurses,” said organiser Karen Gatty.

“They were absolutely amazing and that’s why I wanted to do this so much.”

Elsewhere bakers were also hard at work. Students and staff at Barking’s Technical Skills Academy cooked up a storm, raising £200 and taking part in their own Bake Off.

The icing on the proverbial cake though could be witnessed at William Bellamy Primary School, Dagenham, where staff and pupils raised £450 through sales and donations.

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