Longstanding R.A.B.I supporter Alan Read baked a cake for the first time in more than 30 years – and sold it for £20 at the charity’s Creslow Manor cream tea fundraiser!
Alan’s coffee and walnut offering was certainly the icing on the cake for another fantastic event at the Aylesbury Manor, courtesy of owners Brian and Linda Lear. The couple have hosted this annual cream tea fundraiser since 2010, with R.A.B.I’s Buckinghamshire committee working hard to bring plans to fruition.
More than 200 people turned up for cream teas and cakes at Creslow Manor and it was a record-breaking event – not just because Alan decided to don his apron and get busy with the mixing bowl, either. R.A.B.I regional manager for Buckinghamshire, Jenni Green, said: “We raised £2,571.50, which is incredible. That’s an awful lot of scones and cups of tea.”
The Creslow Manor lawns provided a perfect setting to relax, talk and watch the world go by. Buckinghamshire committee members ran a raffle and an auction, with some great prizes up for grabs, and guests were also asked to ‘guess the number of balloons in a car’ for the chance to win a professional valet, courtesy of Aylesbury Honda. The correct answer was 69.
Jenni added: “At R.A.B.I, we’re fortunate to receive wonderful support from the farming sector because most who work in the industry understand its uncertainties. Our Buckinghamshire committee is made up of volunteers who want to make a difference to the lives of others, people just like them who happen to be going through difficult circumstances. Our supporters always pull out all the stops for this event and I’m sure they could even teach our colleagues in Devon and Cornwall a thing or two about what makes a good cream tea!”
Pictured above are Alan Read and his daughter Amy.