Property services provider NPS Barnsley has hosted a Bake Off for Barnsley Independent Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support (BIADS), as it continues to raise funds for the charity, which is the organisation’s charity of the year.

Held at NPS Barnsley’s Head Office situated within Gateway Plaza, entrants’ cakes were judged by NPS Barnsley’s Managing Director Karen Temple, and Deputy Mayor, Councillor Linda Burgess whose own mother fought with dementia.

After much deliberation between the judges, who awarded points for appearance, texture and taste, the eventual winner was announced as architect Gemma Hinchliffe, who had made a chocolate, raspberry and pistachio cake. All entries were then cut up and sold to staff with the £163 raised going to BIADS. Karen Temple says:

“I’d like to first thank Phil Heppenstall, our dementia champion, for coming up with the idea of hosting a Bake Off for BIADS. NPS Barnsley staff really embraced the idea, and the standard of entrants surpassed anything I could have hoped for. Staff, Councillor Burgess and I all had a wonderful time whilst raising monies for BIADS, which does an amazing job at supporting people with dementia and their carers living right here in Barnsley.”

Emma Atack, Development Manager for BIADS who oversees fundraising and attended the event says: “BIADS continues to be grateful to all NPS Barnsley employees who are doing an amazing job of raising funds to help ensure that as an independent charity that receives no statutory funding, BIADS can continue to offer a lifeline to people when they really need it.”