Apprentices at West Suffolk Council have been busy baking and selling cakes for charity.
Thirteen of them made a variety of delicious delicacies from a massive Malteser cake to Oreo cup cakes and milk-free brownies to vegan cakes with a total of £200.32 being raised for the Butterfly Appeal.
They are all working through their apprenticeships at West Suffolk House, in Bury St Edmunds, and made the cakes as part of a project during National Apprentice Week, which was held in early February.
The building was awash with the goodies with many of the staff sampling and donating money to the appeal.
Ellena Steward, who has come to the end of her 18-month role as an apprentice personal assistant to chief executive Ian Gallin and leader of the council John Griffiths, spearheaded the initiative which she hailed as a great success.
“We were really chuffed with the amount of money we raised,” said said. “And we ended up with more cakes than we thought we would have. Everyone was so supportive and many people in the building came along to our stall.”
She said that the initiative was two-fold … to make people aware of the appeal and at the same time raise money.
The campaign is being run by the My WiSH Charity, which supports the work of the West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, and is aimed at raising £340,000 to build a special garden area for end-of-life patients by creating the Butterfly Garden as an exclusive private area so patients can spend some of their final days or hours with their loved ones.
Ellena said: “It was nice that we were able to let people know about the appeal and that we were also raising money and we nearly sold out of the cakes. Some of the apprentices made just one cake and others made more and everyone was so generous and it was great to see everyone come together for the cause.
“I was asked to organise a project for the apprentices and we wanted to do something and we looked at fundraising.”
The former King Edward VI student explained that Brian Harvey, the chairman of West Suffolk Council, has chosen My WiSH as the charity to support which prompted them to raise the money for the appeal.
And she added: “We were all so pleased that we were able to money for the appeal.”
Pictured above are some of the apprentices at West Suffolk House at their cake sale.