Bake off for Volunteering Day

Bake off for Volunteering Day

OUR Wakefield Pathways Sustain celebrated National Volunteering Day with a series of events which recognised the contribution that have helped us make such a big difference in a short time.

Just over a year after starting the contract based at St Catherine’s Church Centre, Doncaster Road, Sustain welcomed staff from the Wakefield central Post Office sorting office who had collected more than 14 bags of soft toys.  They donated them to support our fund raising efforts.

Volunteer and peer development coordinator, Fran Lomax, used the toys for a tombola at a North Yorkshire caravan park and has used the money to provide much needed activities for our service users.

Spurred on by that success Fran has since started organising other events that will boost Sustain’s funds to deliver even more services including sport, community clubs and outings for Sustain service users.

“The collection by Post Office workers has made a tremendous start to our fund raising for Sustain,” said Fran.  “It made me realise that we could do so much more if we had regular extra income. 

“Already the money raised has been used to provide weekly art and craft clubs, sports and games and develop our peer support groups that mean so much to people at Sustain,” she said.

As well as thanking the team from the Post Office, Sustain organised a Bake Off.  Enthusiastic cooks were invited to bake cakes, buns or anything else for the scrutiny of Frank Robinson from St Catherine’s Nourishment Café.  Caroline Sylvester won the first prize and Jane Clarkson scooped runners up prize.

To finish off in grand style the cakes were taken to the Nourishment Café at St Catherine’s for a complimentary Afternoon Tea.