A CHARITABLE car dealership provided a sweet treat for customers and staff by creating dozens of confectionary masterpieces for charity.
Vauxhall dealer Sherwoods held a colossal cake sale in their showroom on Chesnut Street, Darlington, in aid of the veterans’ charity Help for Heroes, which provides rehabilitation to wounded servicemen and women and support to their families.
The sale of hundreds of cupcakes, scones, brownies and biscuits, all made by Sherwoods staff, friends and family, raised around £500.
The event, supported by sponsors of Help for Heroes Vauxhall, was organised by Jane Longstaff, the PA to Sherwoods managing director Alasdair MacConachie, and warranty administrator Joanne Lazenby, who also arranged a wine, gift and chocolate raffle.
“This is the third year that Sherwoods has held a colossal bake sale and it’s always a big hit with the staff,” said Jane.
“Everyone gets involved, from the managing director to the staff in the workshops, both in the baking and the buying and everyone enjoys the eating while getting to help charity at the same time.”
The event is one of a number of charity fundraisers hosted by Sherwoods throughout the year in aid of Help for Heroes.
The family dealership also provides ongoing support for Phoenix House Recovery Centre, Catterick, which helps those who have been wounded, injured or become sick while serving in the armed forces enabling them to lead active, independent and fulfilling lives.
All the money raised by Colossal Cake Sales across the country will go towards helping Britain’s injured service personnel and veterans.
Sherwoods apprentice technician Patrick Coatsworth, 19, of Catterick, who created an iced fruit cake, decorated with the Vauxhall logo, said: “I’ve made a few birthday cakes and Christmas cakes before but this is the first time I’ve made a cake for charity.
“It took me about three and a half hours to bake and decorate, with a bit of help from my dad, but it was worth it to help such a good cause.”
Managing director Alasdair MacConachie added: “This has been a fantastic achievement by all my staff.
“The Help for Heroes charity is one that is very close to my heart and I hope that we raise a lot of money for such an important and worthwhile cause.”