By Richard Lawrence-Allen
We are very lucky at RSVP; we have some lovely offices in two beautiful cities, both London and Manchester, and are blessed with some fantastically passionate and talented staff. Not only can our staff command a stage, captivating audiences in the theatre and on screen (as well as over the phone!) but many of them also boast some incredible skills in the kitchen as well!
Last Friday, we decided to put these culinary skills to the test in our very own RSVP Bake-Off with all money raised from the sale of our freshly baked goodies going straight to the Alzheimer’s Society.
The Alzheimer’s Society is a wonderful charity that works to help those affected by dementia. They strive to inspire change and help to fund research into cause, prevention and cure, pledging to spend £150 million on cutting edge research over the next decade. You can find out more about their work by visiting their website here: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/.
It was a hectic day in both offices on Friday, staff having stayed up late the night before, whisking, mixing, kneading, and icing their hearts out to bring in their incredible creations bright and early ready for the competition.
Savoury snacks were snapped up in a flash and the hot cakes flew like… well like hot cakes!
Some beautiful treats from our London Office.
People were particularly excited to try concierge Dan Cherry's Malteaser/Crunchie Cake
There were brownies of all flavours under the sun, including both Salted Caramel and Raspberry offerings.
The brownies were, as you can see, especially popular!
However, the champion of the tray bake was Kelly Smith who took first prize in our Manchester office for her incredible Orange and Honey flapjacks!
Here’s Kelly receiving her well-earned prize, a gorgeous bottle of Moët to celebrate with over the weekend:
Ed Westbury took home the baking crown for our London branch, along with a £50.00 prize, kindly donated by our management, thanks to his mouth-watering Lemon Drizzle Cake. Jamila Dad, was a close second place, after creating a beautiful red velvet cake, decorated to the nines with stunning pink icing and some of our favourite childhood sweets. Not going home empty handed, for all her hard work, Jamila took home a very handsome £25.00 prize for second place.
Here are Ed and Jamila receiving their prizes. Don’t spend it all at once guys!
A special shout-out goes to Ashley Day who just missed out on a cash prize in London. He made some stunning sausage rolls and cheese scones that were truly out of this world! We couldn’t let him go away with nothing, so we decided to get him a box of chocolates for cheeky third place prize, a huge thank you and a well done for his baking prowess.
We’d also love to say a great big thank you to Daniel Cherry, our fabulous concierge for organising the event as well as to Account Managers Tim Hayward and Christina Smith for their phenomenal culinary contributions who, despite being managers and so ineligible for the prizes, baked some sinfully delicious treats to add to the sale as well.
Our London branch managed to raise a whopping £341.72.
To add to this, our Manchester branch raised a fantastic £208.37 which will be donated separately, so that gives us a total donation of £550.09 to go to the Alzheimer’s Society across the company.
We could not be more proud of our wonderful staff for donating their time, effort and hard-earn money to give to this fantastic cause. As I say, we are very lucky here at RSVP, so it’s an amazing thing to be able to give back in whatever ways we can.