21 October 2016

Rising to the challenge – schools’ Bake-Off raises thousands for Macmillan

Sweet-hearted children from the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership have risen to the challenge of an inter-school cake design competition – and, to add icing to the cake – raised thousands of pounds for charity at the same time.

Creative students from Arthur Terry, Stockland Green, Mere Green and Slade schools, beat off stiff competition from the ATLP’s seven schools, to win first and runner-up places (secondary and primary) as part of fundraising activities for Macmillan.

The contest – which was open to the ATLP’s 4,500 students – saw youngsters decorate a variety of cakes, which were then sold in schools in aid of Macmillan’s coffee morning. Photographs of entries were judged by an independent panel from M&S Sutton Coldfield, which picked out four winning designs, with a top prize of a bakery themed hamper.

Stockland Green School’s Abbie Hall Year 11, scooped the top prize for secondary school, with her aptly themed teapot cake, while runner-up, year 7, Melissa Smith, of Arthur Terry School, designed a beautiful rose-topped creation.


Abbie, who loves baking and has made several cakes for her friends, said:

I was very happy to be able to help raise so much money for charity and it’s been great to see so many entries.”

At the primaries, Slade’s Bana Mohammed, year 3, designed a stunning princess cake and runner-up Scarlett Wakelam, year 6, of Mere Green, presented cupcakes galore.

Rebecca Goode, deputy headteacher of Stockland Green School, said:

Congratulations to our talented winners, we are incredibly proud of their fantastic creations. We were overwhelmed by the volume and high calibre of entries we received from across all our partner schools. There were so many wonderful and imaginative designs and we were delighted when our local M&S, agreed to judge.

We would like to thank all of our students who came together – in true ATLP style for such a worthy cause – by making such gorgeous cakes, which raised a generous amount for Macmillan. Our next ATLP challenge is a pumpkin carving competition for Halloween and we expect to attract an equally gold standard of entries.”

Hannah Fahy, Macmillan’s fundraising manager in Sutton Coldfield, said:

At Macmillan we want to make sure no one has to face cancer alone but we can’t do it without the amazing people who fundraise for us. The children at the ATLP’s schools should feel really proud of themselves as £3,000 could pay for a Macmillan Nurse for three weeks helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.”

She added:

The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership will have made a difference to so many lives with this fantastic competition, so we extend our thanks to the schools, the pupils and their parents for their support and we can’t wait to see what they do next.”