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October was CAKETOBER!

Over the past couple of weeks, we have been eating more cake than usual here at David Luke. However, this time we were eating it for a good cause, as the month of October was replaced with ‘Caketober’ and the good cause, Forever Manchester.

We have been supporting Forever Manchester, a charity that funds and supports thousands of community projects across Greater Manchester, as corporate partners since earlier this year. So we more than happy to get involved by holding two ‘Caketober’ Wednesdays in the month of October, with members of staff baking their finest treats and plenty more staff sampling them (via a donation of course).

First up were the Warehouse and Accounts department and they did not disappoint, they brought a great range of cakes and raised £100 from their cake sale alone. To make the event a little more exciting and to encourage more bakers we made it into a competition and even had a surprise judge all the way from…Bolton! Steve from Rainbow Embroiderers, had the hard job of sampling all the cakes, but he managed it and announced Lukasz, our despatch supervisor, the winner!

Caketober winners

Next up to bake were Marketing, Buying and Customer Relations and to finish our Caketober involvement on a high we were visited by Jean Mills, Head of Business Development at Forever Manchester. Jean did a fantastic job of telling us about the range of work Forever Manchester are involved in across Greater Manchester (watch their video below to see for yourself) and  was also more than happy to judge all the bakes. It was a difficult one to judge with some excellently decorated cakes but taste won out, with Milly’s Madeira cake crowned the final week winner.

“It was great to attend David Luke’s Caketober event.  A tremendous amount of effort went into baking the cakes and I was delighted to meet the team and talk to them about the work of Forever Manchester.

I also had the responsibility of judging the cakes – and they all tasted great  – it was a very difficult decision.

The fantastic amount of £325 raised from the 2 Caketober days means that a grassroots community group in Greater Manchester can keep going for a year –  fantastic achievement with the support of David Luke staff.”

Jean Mills, Head of Business Development

Overall we managed to raise a brilliant £162.50 from both cake sales, which was matched by David Luke, giving us a total of £325.00 to donate to the great work Forever Manchester do all around Manchester, every day.

A big thank you to Steve and Jean and well done to everyone that baked, ate and donated.

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We are delighted with this new eco-initiative. The quality of the uniform is excellent – you would never guess the material is made from recycled plastic and the added bonus is that it’s more hard wearing and colourfast than ordinary material.

Headteacher, Falconers Hill Infant School