Star Academies staff bake-off for Blackburn’s homeless

Staff at Star Academies have been cooking up a storm in aid of Blackburn’s homeless population.

Staff at the Central Office chose to raise funds for Community Spirit in Blackburn after hearing about its vital work in the town.

Eight teams of bakers honed their culinary skills to craft an array of colourful and tasty treats for a bake-off style competition.

The desserts were judged by the organisation’s very own Mary Berrys – Shirley Gornall, Executive Director: Quality Assurance, and Amanda Bailey, Executive Director: Finance and Operations.

A show stopper cake was also auctioned off to a secret bidder raising £80 for the worthwhile cause. The winning bidder then donated the Chocolate Indulgence cake to Community Spirit for its Christmas party, which was attended by the local homeless people that it regularly supports at its weekly soup kitchen.

In total, Star Central staff raised enough money to buy almost 800 breakfast packs, which will provide a morning meal for all of the homeless people supported by Community Spirit for the entire month of January. The packs – each consisting of fruit, a breakfast bar, fruit juice and a chocolate biscuit – will be distributed as part of Community Spirit’s Winter Outreach programme which sees volunteers spend 100 consecutive nights touring the town centre to provide food and drink to those living on the streets.

The team also raised enough to provide hot meals for 80 people on Christmas Eve, which will be served at the Community Spirit shelter, and to provide gift boxes to rough sleepers who will be visited by Community Spirit on Christmas Day.

The Chairman of Community Spirit Blackburn, Neil Mistry, expressed his gratitude to the trust and urged others to get involved with the charity. He said:

“The charity simply wouldn’t be here without the support of our local community, so we are very grateful that Star Academies has chosen to support us.  These breakfast packs will mean that homeless people in the town will have something to eat when they wake up cold and hungry on the street. This small amount of comfort and consideration can mean so much to people who are vulnerable. Nobody should have to go hungry. For us, our charity is a matter of life and death. We know of homeless people who have died on Blackburn’s streets, cold and alone. That’s why it’s just so vital that local people and businesses support our charity to help bridge the gap for those in crisis. We think that all of the people who come to Community Spirit Blackburn matter, and that’s why we will carry on going out into the cold evenings to help bring comfort to our town’s homeless people.”

Mufti Hamid Patel CBE, Chief Executive of Star Academies, said:

“At Star Academies, we are committed to supporting those less fortunate than ourselves. The festive season is one of the times when we step up our efforts to offer a helping hand to those in need. Across the Star community, in all of our schools, our pupils, parents and staff are embracing our Winter Gift Programme by reaching out into their communities to put smiles on the faces of the most vulnerable. Community Spirit Blackburn is making an enormous effort to support those in need across the local community and we are pleased that our team in Blackburn have made such a positive contribution to their work.”

Staff from across Star Central took part in a bake-off for charity

Added By: Star Academies | Date Added: 19th Dec 2019 | Posted In:

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