SWEET toothed Pharmacy staff at the General Hospital have organised a bake-off competition to raise funds for Jersey Hospice Care with a high profile local judge.
Chef Shaun Rankin, proprietor of new restaurant Ormer, will judge the quality of the Pharmacy staff’s homemade cakes at the Hospital at 9 am on 4 March, and the cakes made will then be sold to raise money for Jersey Hospice Care. Shaun agreed to be involved in judging the competition as he trained the brother of one of the Pharmacy staff, who made contact with him.
The competition is part of fundraising which Chief Pharmacist Paul McCabe is undertaking as he raises money for Hospice as part of the Bedell Cycle China Challenge 2013.
Paul said: “When I signed up for the cycle challenge, I mentioned it to my team who work in the Hospital Pharmacy and the idea of the bake-off was soon born. Everyone was extremely enthusiastic, and already, some “practice” cakes have appeared at work, which have been eagerly sampled. We have around 15 to 20 keen bakers on board. Having Shaun Rankin available to judge the event really makes the competition an occasion, and we are very grateful to him for giving up his time, especially as we know how busy he is as he is due to open his new restaurant shortly.”
Paul will be one of 75 cyclists and trekkers taking part in The Bedell Challenge, which takes place every 2 years and has become a well-known part of the Jersey Hospice Care fundraising calendar, near the Great Wall of China.
Jersey Hospice Care Fundraising Manager, Lynsey Beahan said: “Having a Jersey Bake Off is such a novel idea and a great way to raise funds for the charity – everyone loves cakes and we’re thrilled Shaun is offering his support. We rely on the generosity of the public to enable us to continue to offer palliative care, free of charge, to islanders with cancer and motor neurone disease within their homes and through the In-Patient Unit and Day Hospice at Clarkson House.
“This is only possible because of our many wonderful supporters such as the Bedell China Challengers and the pharmacy bakers. We wish them best of luck in their kitchens and happy baking ahead of the event.”
Shaun Rankin said: “I’m pleased the Pharmacy staff have organized a friendly competition for a worthy cause. I want to encourage more competitions locally amongst keen cooks. I’m looking forward to judging the competition and tasting the cakes of course!”