Last weekend the original Calendar Girls were on hand to support Elizabeth Harper, an employee at Booths Ripon, at the grand launch of her charitable sticky toffee buns which will be sold in Booths stores to raise funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
Elizabeth developed the sticky toffee bun recipe which crowned her as the winner of the Great Booths Bake Off, a companywide competition for Booths employees to create a showstopper bake to be sold in Booths stores across the North West. The buns hit the shelves of all Booths stores this week, with 10p from every pack sold throughout 2015 going directly towards our life-saving research.
Angela Baker supported Elizabeth at the launch with four of the other original Calendar Girls. Angela’s husband, John, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 1998 and sadly passed away after just a few months of treatment. In the months following their loss, Angela and her friends set about creating the now infamous calendar and raising over £3 million for the charity.
Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is also very close to Elizabeth’s heart after she lost her 18 year old brother to leukaemia. Speaking at the launch event Elizabeth said: “When I heard about the Bake Off competition for Booths employees, I thought it would be an ideal opportunity to raise funds for the charity. When I baked my first batch of sticky toffee buns, I didn’t expect for a minute I’d be seeing them on the shelves at Booths, but I hope that the proceeds will help to fund valuable research into this disease that affects so many families.”
The event was also attended by Lauren Fraser, North Regional Fundraising Assistant at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, and members of the Harrogate Branch who collected £574.52 by bag packing at the check-outs. Lauren commented: “It was great to be part of the Booths launch event. The buns are absolutely delicious and it was fantastic to see the support shown by the staff at Booths, the public, our Harrogate Branch and Elizabeth’s friends and family who came to help out.”
We're delighted to have been chosen as Booths’ charity partner for Elizabeth Harper’s sticky toffee buns. Booths have stores across Lancashire, Cumbria, Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Cheshire and the partnership will help us to increase awareness of blood cancers across these regions. The launch has already received considerable press coverage in the North and we hope the popularity of the buns will continue to spread throughout the festive season.
Make your way to your nearest Booths store to get your sticky toffee buns in time for Christmas - be prepared for a bun fight though as the original batch at the launch event had already sold out by midday!