Over 300 residents participated in the ‘Bushey Bake Off’, which took place on April 22.
They baked for key workers to show their support and appreciation.
One of the residents, Laura Bloomberg had the idea after a few friends had commented on how they wanted to help and do something.
She organised the ‘Bake Off’ event in just under a week by publicising it on various local Facebook groups and writing to local schools to let parents know.
Within hours, the response was very positive and the interest and offer of help grew the following days.
She said: “So many people are desperate to help and show their appreciation to key workers. This seemed the perfect way to reach out to the community and get them involved.”
The baking is being sent to key workers at 15 hospitals by the ‘You Donate…We Deliver’ team and to 15 local charities including homeless shelter, care homes, respite centre, hospices, children’s day centre, fire service, food banks and doctor surgeries.
The event was a huge success and from 9am till 6pm, over 300 people turned up with their baked goods.
Laura added: “The food got transferred to a neighbour’s house who kindly loaned us their garage and help! They put tables up and helped my husband Spencer and myself to sort out all the food – which kept coming and coming.
“They worked tirelessly all day to get the food organised into crates and by 8pm the job was done. It was estimated that there were at least 7,000 biscuits, 1,250 fairy cakes and well over 50 whole cakes, all freshly baked with love. In addition, there were individually packed sweets, chocolates, messages from children and other goodies.”
Because of many people asking, there will be another Bushey Bake Off on May 6.
All baking to be delivered to 18, Little Potters, Bushey Heath WD23 4QT.
Laura also organises 125 meals to be given every Sunday to the team ‘You Donate…We Deliver’, who send out over 1,000 meals per day to fifteen hospitals to feed the key workers.
She also shops and cooks for four local Bushey residents who are over 70 years and in isolation.