Pupils from Buckholme Towers School with the 2013 Big Little Bake Off winner, Eunice Sutherland

For the fifth year running Churchill Retirement Living is once again participating in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event with a series of coffee mornings, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

To launch the Churchill Retirement Living coffee mornings, Year Five pupils from Buckholme Towers School and Nursery in Parkstone descended on the Dean Lodge development in Southbourne to take part in the ‘Big Little Bake Off’.  As part of the Macmillan coffee morning event, owners at Dean Lodge had their baking skills tested as the class of children, aged nine, from the school used their senses to look, taste, feel and smell each cake to crown one Churchill Retirement owner the winning baker. Baking a chocolate cream cake, Eunice Sutherland was awarded with the 2013 ‘Big Little Bake Off’ handcrafted rosette which was made by the school children. She said: “I was delighted to win the bake-off, it made my day! I love baking and my friends know me as ‘the baker’. I am having a hip operation tomorrow and this has really helped to cheer me up and take my mind off of things.”

Iain Robertson, headmaster at Buckholme Towers School and Nursery, says: “The pupils thoroughly enjoyed acting as judges in the bake-off, especially as they got to try lots of delicious cakes. It’s great that the school can get involved in community events such as this to support fantastic causes.”

Charitable owners and those interested in Churchill Retirement developments are now being invited to brew up and have a cuppa at one of its developments to help the fight against cancer.  Coffee mornings will be taking take place at 10.30am in the owners’ Lounges at the Royal Lodge in Gillingham on 4 October and at Osbourne Lodge in Bournemouth on 8 October.

Churchill Retirement Living has agreed to donate £1 to Macmillan Cancer Support for every owner plus a further £1 for every owner who brings a friend as well as £5 for every visitor to the development (over 60).  Local businesses have donated raffle prizes and funds raised will also be donated to the charity.

Spencer McCarthy, chairman at Churchill Retirement Living, says: “We wish to thank the children from Buckholme Towers School and Nursery for taking part in our first-ever Big Little Bake Off event.  This was a great start to our 2013 Macmillan coffee morning events and both the children and our owners had enormous fun taking part.  Last year more than 500 people, both residents and guests at our developments, helped to raise more than £17,000 to fund vital cancer services and we are hoping this year’s coffee morning events will generate even more funds.”

Since starting to fundraise five years ago for Macmillan the company has raised a total of £196,620.10, with £56,133.30 generated as a direct result of its World’s Biggest Coffee Morning events.

For further information, free phone Churchill Retirement Living on 0800 458 1857 or visit www.churchillretirement.co.uk.