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Staff at Arden Lea Nurseries, Hesketh Bank had their own “Bake off” recently when members of the team
created a range of delicious sweet and savoury treats and then paid £5 to sample them all
and pick a winner raising £200 for Rainbow House.

Entries included bread, quiche, cheese de lites, Thai fishcakes with coconut and coriander, chocolate and
watermelon cakes, Prestige cake with fresh strawberries, gingerbread with lemon icing,
chocolate and strawberry Laughing gear cake, lemon fancies, Bite sized Afternoon tea, Pecan and dark
chocolate tussies, chocolate orange cake, Italian cake, Plum invention cake, chocolate pudding, pineapple cake,
toffee and peanut cheesecake with lemon cream and clotted cream fudge.
But the winner was Irene Iddon from Hesketh Bank with her custard slice with a twist – the twist was a layer
of lemon. Linda Janite from Southport was second with a cake named Sweet Dreams made with yoghurt and
and cottage cheese. In third place came Helen Cooney, also from Southport with a Black Forest
Gateau.

Stuart Taylor, a director at Arden Lea Nurseries said “Arden Lea Nurseries is a family business with a strong Christian
heritage. As much as we can, we are keen support local initiatives that are reaching out to people who need help.
My son took part in the Rainbow Ramble, and this brought the work of Rainbow House to our attention. We are very
impressed with the work that takes place and would like to help. Helping to fund the new produce for the new
catering in the nursery and a Charity Bake-Off seemed to be a good place to start, and hopefully just the beginning.”

Carole Cochrane, CEO at Rainbow House said “We really appreciate the support of Stuart Taylor and the staff
at Arden Lea Nurseries. The Bake off was a great idea and the results looked delicious in the photos.
Congratulations to the winning trio and a big thank you to all who took part.”

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