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Fundraise on the First: Hornchurch bakers score perfect 10 for fundraising efforts

PUBLISHED: 16:21 30 September 2015 | UPDATED: 16:24 30 September 2015

First Step trustee Gill Webb with the winner of Hornchurch Harmonies' bake-off, Cathy Greening, who made a courgette, lime and pistachio creation. Picture: Caroline Hood

First Step trustee Gill Webb with the winner of Hornchurch Harmonies' bake-off, Cathy Greening, who made a courgette, lime and pistachio creation. Picture: Caroline Hood

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Keen bakers from a club pitted themselves against each other in a competition with a difference.

One of the entries at Hornchurch Harmonies' bake-off in aid of First Step. Picture: Glenda Edwards One of the entries at Hornchurch Harmonies' bake-off in aid of First Step. Picture: Glenda Edwards

Members of the Hornchurch Harmonies, a branch of the Women’s Institute, hosted an autumnal-themed contest for First Step, raising £41.

The children’s charity, in Tangmere Crescent, Hornchurch, is the branch’s charity of the year.

Joint treasurer Iris Taylor, 67, said: “It was very good fun. Because it is the harvest time of the year, our competition was for cakes to do with anything that would be brought in with the harvest.

“Everyone was very keen to take part.”

Some of the entries at Hornchurch Harmonies' bake-off, held in aid of children's charity First Step, who the Recorder is working with this year through its Fundraise on the First campaign. Picture: Caroline Hood Some of the entries at Hornchurch Harmonies' bake-off, held in aid of children's charity First Step, who the Recorder is working with this year through its Fundraise on the First campaign. Picture: Caroline Hood

Hornchurch Harmonies, which has 28 regular members, invited First Step’s trustee Gill Webb and Caroline Hood, who works on reception, to judge the entries.

The winner was Cathy Greening, who baked a courgette, lime and pistachio cake, with other recipes featuring vegetables such as carrots and beetroot.

Following the judging, the branch members sampled the goods for themselves, donating money at the same time.

Hornchurch Harmonies, which meets at the Havering Indoor Bowls Club, in Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch Road, was inspired to host the fundraiser after representatives of First Step delivered a talk to them last year.

A carrot and banana cake, one of the entries at Hornchurch Harmonies' bake-off in aid of First Step. Picture: Glenda Edwards A carrot and banana cake, one of the entries at Hornchurch Harmonies' bake-off in aid of First Step. Picture: Glenda Edwards

One of the members has also been supported by the charity.

Iris said: “One of our members’ daughters attended First Step, I think fairly recently. She has left their care now.

“From what she said they have been really good to her.”

Iris has also visited the charity herself on a number of occasions, to present cheques from other fundraising events.

“They are all such lovely people,” she said. “It is a very rewarding feeling [helping] such a worthwhile charity.”

First Step will remain Hornchurch Harmonies’ chosen charity until the end of the financial year in March.

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