Posted: 10/12/10 by Lockhart Garratt Ltd
When his Corby-based employer announced its own version of the ‘Great British Bake Off’ for Children in Need, Jonathan Tye discovered a hidden talent for cake decorating – and raised £42 in the process.
30-year old Jonathan, who lives in Kettering, decided to wow his colleagues at tree, woodland and forestry consultancy Lockhart Garratt Ltd with an appropriately themed ‘conker’ cake. Made from a mixture of sponge, buttercream, iced gems and marzipan, the realistic ‘conker’ was raffled amongst staff, friends and clients, finally being won by Catherine Earnshaw of Rothwell.
“I used to watch my mum icing cakes when I was young, although I’ve never tried anything like this before,” Jonathan said. “I work as a Forestry Assistant, helping on projects such as Corby’s Hazel & Thoroughsale Wood, so the conker theme seemed really appropriate.”
Lockhart Garratt’s ‘Great British Bake Off’ has so far raised over £100 for Children in Need.
“I think our next company charity fundraiser will be a sponsored slim!” laughed company founder, John Lockhart. “Everyone has made a fantastic effort. As well as Jonathan’s conker, we’ve had Cookie Monster cupcakes, hedgehogs and a tree stump decorated with mushrooms, leaves and birds. It’s great to be able to support charities such as Children in Need and this year’s cake sale has certainly proved a winner.”
So what does Catherine Earnshaw plan to do with her cake?
“Oh, that’s easy,” she said. “It’s too delicious to keep all for myself so I’m donating it back to Lockhart Garratt to sell at £1 a slice – for Children in Need!”