Steven Spaull lets us know about this tasty event!
“For the second year running, the NIHR Exeter Clinical Research Facility ran a Great British Bake Off inspired event. This year, the chosen charity was Epilepsy Research UK, selected as epilepsy effects a number of relatives and loved ones of members of staff.
The event ran for ten weeks, with each week’s theme taken from the previous year’s GBBO. The themes included the obligatory cake, biscuit and bread weeks, but also a savoury week, a ten mile radius week (using locally sourced ingredients) and an alternative ingredients week for our gluten-free colleagues. Each item was voted on by those who tasted it and a star baker announced once all the crumbs were finished!
At the end of the ten weeks, the ten star bakers (or the second/third placed person) were invited back for a no-holds-barred final where anything was allowed. Between the thirty or so members of the CRF, we managed to get through a good half dozen entries (including 30+ mince pies) all in one day.
The votes were counted and the winner, with an excellent Spiced Chai cake, was Alison Campbell, one of the CRF’s Technicians.
Honourable mentions go to Research Nurse Debbie Keetch for her second placed Peanut Butter Pretzel cake and to Data Manager Anita Hill for her third placed butterfly cupcakes.
Of course, there was a serious side, as, for each piece of cake tasted and voted for, a donation was expected. Overall, we managed to raise £450 for Epilepsy Research, which far surpassed last years’ total. The entire CRF is now on a crash diet to prepare for Christmas!
Thank to Kirsty Wensley, Lynsey Beall and Steve Spaull for organising the event and keeping people’s momentum up!”
Huge thanks go to the Team for organising such a fantastic event in support of our research – the cakes look and sound delicious!