Leighton sisters bake up a storm for Help for Heroes

Keen young baker Olivia Shipley with some of the cakes she made for the Help for Heroes sale
Keen young baker Olivia Shipley with some of the cakes she made for the Help for Heroes sale
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Two keen kind-hearted young bakers spent more than three days in the kitchen of their Planet estate home making a multiplicity of cakes, shortbread and fudge to raise money for Help for Heroes.

Sisters Olivia Shipley, 11, and 13-year-old Amelia more than tripled the amount they raised at a similar event last year, collecting an astonishing £509.

Leighton sisters Olivia (left) and Amelia Shipley  who raised �509 for Help for Heroes with a cake sale

Leighton sisters Olivia (left) and Amelia Shipley who raised �509 for Help for Heroes with a cake sale

Mum Angela – lead nurse for pre-assessment at Milton Keynes Hospital – and dad Paul were roped in to help.

Angela did most of the clearing up after the girls’ mammoth endeavour and smiled: “It took a few hours but I’m embracing their creativity.”

Paul, who works for hydraulic hose company Abdex, was on tea and coffee duty on the big day and also sold raffle tickets to his colleagues, who were all very supportive.

Olivia – in Year 7 at Gilbert Inglefield – wrote to Waitrose before the bake-off to ask if they could help with ingredients. They rang her at school to say they had a bag of flour, eggs, sugar, icing sugar, food colouring and other ingredients for her.

Olivia's cake for Help for Heroes

Olivia's cake for Help for Heroes

Angela is very proud of her daughters’ initiative. She said: “This year they added a raffle and a Guess the Name of the Bear competition.

“They also bagged up rocky road cakes, shortbread and fudge in gift containers and sold them as ‘cake-aways.’

“I think what they’ve done is fantastic. There was a real community spirit on the day with more than 40 friends and neighbours coming in for tea and cake.”

> Last year Olivia took top honours in the Young Supporters Under 17 section of the Bake for Heroes cake competition.