Local trust company, Hawksford, last week invited its neighbours on The Esplanade to combine fundraising efforts for this year’s Comic Relief, raising a total of £700 for the popular charity. 

A Mary Berry style bake sale was held outside Hawksford House on Red Nose Day, Friday 15th March. A total of 20 star bakers from Hawksford and Appleby contributed cakes, biscuits and other sweet treats, asking for donations in exchange for their home made delicacies. Staff from Hawksford and four other businesses from the area, including Appleby, Ogier, Carey Olsen and Jersey Finance visited Hawksford during the day to pledge donations in exchange for baked items. Hawksford also held a red raffle for staff, which featured a variety of red prizes. 

Chief executive, Peter Murley, said: ‘We are extremely pleased with the enthusiasm shown by our staff and neighbours. Raising £700 in just a few hours is a great achievement, and we are pleased to have played a part in helping the lives of people less fortunate than us. We started off the morning with five tables full of cakes and had a stampede when we opened at 9:30am.’ He continued: ‘We even had people coming back for more cakes. I’m not surprised because the cakes I bought would give bakers from The Great British Bake Off a run for their money!’ 

The national charity event, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, supports the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged families across the UK and in Africa. Throughout the last 25 years, the charity has raised over £600 million for those in need.