Having Your Cake (And Eating It!)

The ‘Great British Bake Off’ had nothing on Guisborough Town FC yesterday when the club’s community-spirited band of ever-willing volunteers raised over £200 for the Macmillan Cancer Support Charity.

At this time of year, Macmillan organise a nationwide ‘Coffee Morning’ event, which Guisborough Town have always supported in recent years as part of their ongoing support for worthwhile community initiatives.

And trying to coincide their event with a Saturday home match means Guisborough’s format can’t be a ‘coffee morning’ but an afternoon ‘cake walk’ for supporters attending the game.

So a mouthwatering cake stall was set up at the KGV Stadium, which was busy throughout the Northern League Division One game against Penrith – with generous fans and supporters digging deep to buy cakes in return for donations to Macmillan.

A large number of people contributed in many ways to the huge success of Guisborough’s worthy ‘Cake Stall’ initiative and a big ‘thank you’ goes out to everyone who either donated cakes or bought them on the day.

Special thanks are due to Yvonne Barker’s mum Maureen, Ben Jackson’s mum Linda, Sammy and Becca for helping to man the stall and John Logan – father of Penrith player Steven Logan, who bought two boxes of cakes to take on to the Penrith players’ team coach for the return journey over to Cumbria.

Thanks also to the Guisborough supporters canteen staff who donated a free drink to anyone who bought a cake and Niamh for taking charge of the ‘Spot the Cake’ game, in which people were asked to guess the amount of ‘spots’ on one of the cakes. The actual number was 576 spots and Club Chairman Don Cowan – clearly a dedicated cake aficionado – came closest with an inspired guess of 567.  Typically, generous Don plans to donate his £30 winnings to the Guisborough Town FC roof repair fund, confounding the unfounded claim that some Scotsmen can be tight with their money!!

Guisborough’s central defender Leon Carling made the ultimate sacrifice by selflessly volunteering to take the ‘Fake or Bake’ challenge by eating his way blindfolded through 12 samples of bought and home-made cake and he guessed eight out of 12 correctly and £4 was donated from the ‘Players Fund’ for each of the incorrect guesses.  The players also enjoyed a selection of the cakes after the match.

Working together as a great ‘team,’ the Guisborough volunteers raised a total of just over £203, all of which will go to the Macmillan Cancer Support charity so a fantastic well done to all concerned.

Photo: Guisborough’s central defensive pairing of Leon Carling (left) and Andrew ‘Rio’ May (right) pose with a cake and one of the buns as part of the Club’s support for the Macmillan Cancer Charity – and before anyone asks, no they definitely didn’t eat those cakes before going out to play in the match against Penrith, although Leon did very unselfishly volunteer to take part in the ‘Fake or Bake’ challenge as mentioned above! Photo by Yvonne Barker.