Kent Reliance cooks up a treat for Demelza
06 Jul 2014

The executive team at Kent Reliance launched 'Go-Dotty' week at the locally-based bank, by donning their aprons for their very own version of The Great Bake-off in support of Demelza’s annual fundraising week.

Andy Golding, Chief Executive, OneSavings Bank, whipped the executive team into shape to prepare and bake a variety of cakes that were judged by a team featuring the bank’s very own Mary Berry. The cakes were then offered to staff in return for a donation in one of the many fundraising activities the Kent based bank organised at Reliance House and throughout its county-wide branch network.

The week of fundraising included various ‘dotty’ themed competitions and activities, saw staff walk-to-work schemes, cake sales, raffles and ‘dressing dotty’. Whilst donations are still being contributed, the team at Kent Reliance have so far managed to raise £1,206.81, a sum that has been matched by the bank to give a total of £2,413.62. All donations, presented to Demelza by John Eastgate, Sales and Marketing Director, Kent Reliance, will go to provide funding for Demelza’s full time nurses at the charity’s hospice at Sittingbourne.

John said: “We’re delighted with the effort and support shown by all the team at Kent Reliance for this special local charity. ‘Go Dotty’ is a fun way to support a great cause, and the executive team have enjoyed the opportunity to show the rest of the Kent Reliance team, and each other, our baking skills.”

John added, “On a serious note, we are delighted to support Demelza who need vital funds to provide the care and support for life-limited and life-threatened children and young people and their families. Many of our staff are from the local community so we are very aware of the remarkable work performed by the charity and with the help and support of the local community, Demelza can continue to provide the best possible care for the children of Kent.”

Natalie Tegg, Demelza's Head of Partnerships, said: "The team at Kent Reliance have been fantastic in supporting our ‘Go Dotty’ week and really baked up a lot of fun activities whilst raising crucial funds. I would like to thank all Kent Reliance staff who have contributed to making such a positive difference to both the children and their families. All monies raised will go to funding the full time nurses who look after the children at the hospice near Sittingbourne as part of our 'Adopt a Nurse' programme.”