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City centre star bakers raise money for Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice.

Jyoti and Lawrence with their winning cakes

Staff from thestudio in Birmingham donned their aprons and put their baking skills to the test earlier this week, to raise over £250 for Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice.

The innovative and creative meetings and events space in the heart of Birmingham city centre provided the perfect backdrop for the ‘Ready Steady Bake event, which saw staff from thestudio create a range of bakes, including bread, cakes and Portuguese specialities.

The ‘Ready Steady Bake’ campaign takes place throughout March as a celebration of the hospice’s birthday, which opened in March 1979 and is now based in Selly Park. Judged by representatives from Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, receptionist and social media assistant Jyoti Banga’s Strawberry and Lemon Cake and IT director Lawrence Cairns-Smith’s 24 Carrot Cake, adorned in gold leaf, were crowned joint winners in thestudio’s event.

Julian Kettleborough, commercial director at thestudio, said: “This is a fantastic way for the team to come together, and we’re honoured to have raised money for a great local cause. I hope we’ll be seeing some more ‘signature bakes’ making their way into the office now!”

Lucy Watkins, events manager at Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, added: “Ready Steady Bake has been really popular this year, with lots of fantastic baking taking place to support local families living with terminal illness. We loved the range of breads and cakes at thestudio, and want to say a massive thank you for the donations and support.”

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