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Rotherham catering equipment specialist’s bake off raises funds for charity

Staff at a Rotherham catering equipment supplier got busy in the kitchen to raise funds for BBC Children in Need recently.
Left to right Richard Russum, Della Scales, John Windle and Lewis Russell

Staff at a Rotherham catering equipment supplier got busy in the kitchen to raise funds for BBC Children in Need recently.

Staff from all departments got involved with the annual Russums bake-off by baking, judging or buying the baked goods to raise a total of £260 for the national charity that supports disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.

The bake off took place on November 20 and was blind taste-tested and judged by Warehouse Manager, John Windle and Commercial Development Coordinator, Lewis Russell.

Entrants could submit bakes for either the cake and buns category or the ‘other’ category and all entries were sold after the event to raise funds.

The overall winners were Della Scales, who works in the warehouse, with her double chocolate reindeer muffins and Brenda Rodger, from the sewing room, with her sausage rolls.

They each won £40 and a Russums trophy, while second places were awarded to Jake Kirkham, who works in goods in, with his chocolate Christmas cake and Director Richard Russum, who baked shortbread biscuits.

There was a £20 prize for second place and all 15 entrants were awarded Russums branded wooden spoons.

Richard Russum presented the winners with their prizes and he was awarded his prize by fellow Director, and sister, Sally Russum.

Web Based Systems Manager, Sara Atkinson, who organised the event for the fifth consecutive year said:

This year’s entries were all really amazing and the judges said that they really struggled to narrow the choices down.

“It was lovely to come together and raise money for a worthy cause, and we all enjoyed eating the entries once they had been judged!

“We also ran a Children in Need raffle, for which everyone had donated prizes and we also announced the winners of our rubber duck sweepstake after the results of Children in Need’s ‘Pudsey’s Quacky Races’.”

Employees Sue Parker Smith, Anne Taylor and Kerrie Scrimshaw each won £20 with their winner, Golden Duck.

BBC Children in Need supports around half a million disadvantaged children and young people in the UK every year. The organisation is involved with more than 2,000 projects in communities across the UK and aims to help empower children and extend their life choices.

Catering equipment supplier to the trade business Russums is among the renowned names in the food and drink and hospitality industry for professionals, and was established in Rotherham in 1830.

Russums is a leading supplier of clothing and equipment to the hospitality industry, supplying chefs, restaurateurs and food service workers throughout the UK and Europe.

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