A HARROGATE company set its stall in town and told shoppers to “keep calm and eat a cupcake” today, Thursday, as the firm hosted a “Colossal Cake Sale”.
The team from Raw Creative, which has its offices on Albert Street, spent the day on the piazza outside the town’s Victoria Shopping Centre selling baked goodies in aid of military charity Help for Heroes.
The idea behind the Colossal Cake Sale is for groups to set up pop up cake stalls across the country for the charity which helps injured servicemen and women and their families.
More than £450 was raised which will go towards the Phoenix House Personnel Development Centre at Catterick Garrison. The centre opened in 2011 and aims to rehabilitate wounded servicemen and women in the north of England.
Fans of all things sugary, the Raw Creative team decided to join in the fun and host a sale in association with the Victoria Shopping Centre.
More than 20 young soldiers from Ripon’s Army recruitment team and Harrogate Army Foundation College also helped out selling baked goods on offer and talking to charitable cupcake lovers about their work.
A number of local businesses also donated to the cause: Bettys provided cups of Yorkshire Tea, while Mama Doreen’s Cupcake Company, Bespoke Cupcakes and the Harrogate Cake Company provided baked treats. The banners for the event were supplied by Holberry Signs.
Raw Creative managing director, Kirstyn Pollard said: “We are delighted to have raised more than £450 for Help for Heroes during our Colossal Cake Stall.
“It’s a charity the team holds very close to our hearts. I would like to say an enormous thank you to the troops from Ripon and Harrogate, the Victoria Shopping Centre and to all businesses and shoppers who helped make this phenomenal total possible.
“Facilities like the Phoenix Centre are essential in maintaining the welfare of our military personnel and it is essential we have centres like Catterick in the North of England as well as in the South. I hope this event becomes an annual occasion for Raw!”
Victoria Shopping Centre Centre manager, David Horth added: “Harrogate has a very strong military connection so we were only too pleased to be able to partner up with Raw Creative for their cake sale.
“The piazza was flooded with charitable shoppers donating money and buying cakes – thank you to everyone who contributed.”