Fundraising is a piece of cake

A donation of £200 is just the first serving of money raised by Redrow for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice from a Yorkshire Day tea party.

When Redrow heard that the children’s charity was raising money with tea parties, the company decided it wanted a slice of the action and hosted an event at its Scholars’ Gate venture in Wakefield.

Homemade cakes and refreshments were served up in return for donations to the hospice. The tasty treats were enjoyed by homeowners from both Scholars’ Gate and neighbours from Ruskin Avenue, staff from Redrow’s divisional headquarters at Wakefield 41 business park and members of the public.

Along with sponges, cream scones and some elaborate cupcakes, there was also some traditional parkin, perfect for Yorkshire Day.

Managing director John Grime donned apron and chef’s hat to serve guests; while site manager Glyn Kirby used his trowel as a cake slice.

Patsy Aicken, sales director for Redrow Homes (Yorkshire), says: “Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice is a great cause and one that we were happy to be able to support. Everyone really got into the spirit of the event and, as well as our staff rolling up their sleeves to do some baking, some of the residents of Scholars’ Gate also provided cakes, showing off the sweet delights they’d whipped up in the well equipped kitchens of their new Redrow homes. On Yorkshire Day alone we raised £200 and hope to add to the total before serving up the final donation to the charity.”

Formed more than 12 years ago, Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice helps families of children with life threatening or life limiting conditions, who live in West Yorkshire. The new purpose-built hospice building Russell House, in Huddersfield, opened in December and runs alongside the ‘hospice at home’ service the charity has provided to families since 2010.

The hospice is a new service within the Wakefield, Kirklees and Calderdale areas, where there are more than 700 children and families who could benefit from at-home and in-hospice services.

Gaynor Bearder, the charity’s Wakefield representative, says: “We need to raise £2.5 million a year to be able to offer vital services to children and families in West Yorkshire and we can only do that with the help of the community. We’re grateful for all of the support we received on Yorkshire Day and thank Redrow staff and customers for their contributions.”

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Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, operating across England and Wales, with a strong emphasis on high quality family housing in prime locations. Its New Heritage Collection of family homes combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors. Established more than 35 years, the company has won numerous awards over the years. Redrow received a 5* Award in the Home Builder Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey in 2011, 2012 and 2013; collected the Silver award in the Large Housebuilder category of the 2012 What House? awards; and its ‘Share a little bit of joy’ campaign was named best marketing initiative at the 2012 Housebuilder Awards.  Web: