Hundreds of bake sales took place this month (7-13 May) across Dorset in aid of Diverse Abilities Plus’ latest fundraising initiative, the Great Dorset Bake Sale. The week-long event is set to raise over £5,000 for the charity and money is still coming in every day. This is of incredible value to the charity, which is the only Dorset-based charitable organisation that supports children and adults with disabilities, and their families, throughout their life.
The idea behind the Great Dorset Bake Sale follows on from the success of the charity’s recipe book, Scrumptious Home Baking, which includes recipes from chefs, celebrities and key supporters of Diverse Abilities Plus. The funds raised will help the charity’s essential work supporting those with profound physical and learning disabilities.
A number of local companies were involved in the initiative and held bake sales, including Specsavers in Poole, Dorset Tea, Marketing Matters, Rock Recruitment, Honeybuns, Julia’s Kitchen and Fitness First Poole. The charity’s head office and other services, including their adult day centre, respite services for children and their specialist school, also undertook bake sales throughout the week to raise money.
Sadie Smith, a volunteer fundraiser for the charity and a parent of a child with disabilities, was the driving force behind the initiative. Sadie said: “The Great Dorset Bake Sale was a great success! We raised a large amount of money, which will now help support more children and adults, with disabilities, and their families. The event also brought the community together and we thank everyone for getting involved. The standard of baking was extremely high and, out of the bake sales we visited, all the cakes tasted delicious!”
For further information on Diverse Abilities Plus, please visit the charity’s website – www.diverseabilitiesplus.org, call 01202 718266 or email email@example.com.