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Russell Roof Tiles team rise to charity baking challenge

by Jennie Ward

Winshill Neighbourhood Resource Centre, a local community initiative, has benefited from Russell Roof Tiles’ baking event.

Russell Roof Tiles (RRT) hosted an extravagant baking event, as part of its ongoing efforts to raise £50,000 for charity.

The pitched roof tile manufacturer announced its ambitious target to raise £50,000 for good causes this year, with a project called Give 4 Good. Russell Roof Tiles employs 140 people at two sites in Burton, and one in Lochmaben (Scotland).

It’s the second charity event of the year which saw ten contestants from the company put their baking skills to the test, each donating £10 to enter and impress head judges Trisha, Lauren and Holly from The Green Door, an independent catering and bakery company, who volunteered to taste the sweet treats on offer and crown the first-ever Russell Roof Tiles bake-off winner.

Theresa Ensor, stole the show and won over the judges with her carrot cake after scoring highly on presentation, taste and texture.

Russell Roof Tiles held a charity baking event.

In addition to the bake-off, the team also made cupcake boxes to sell in the build-up to the main event and boost the fund pot for the Winshill Neighbourhood Resource Centre, a Burton-based community centre run solely by volunteers who host activities and events for local families.

RRT employees and their families sold a whopping 70 cake boxes which totalled £800, with every penny raised helping provide a safe space in the community for local groups and organisations to hold meetings and events.

The bake-off contestants collectively raised £1,000 of which Russell Roof Tiles have match-funded, taking the total amount donated to the Burton-based charity to a huge £2,000.

Andrew Hayward, Managing Director, commented: “The charity bake-off was very popular, which was great for us as it means more money going back into our local community. We’ve raised more than we originally intended so it’s great that it’ll be going back to the resource centre and funding more projects and activities for Burton locals. 

“I also want to say a huge thank you to our favourite patisserie, The Green Door, for coming down and judging the competition, it was a real icing on the cake moment.”  

Kim Smith, Winsill Neighbourhood Resource Centre, commented: “We would like to say thank you so much to the Russell Roof Tiles team for all their time in helping to raise funds for us, being presented with a cheque for £2,000 was fantastic and will go a really long way to helping our community. We even had some cake leftover to use in our free breakfast club on Friday.” 

This is the second event that Russell Roof Tiles have hosted this year, with the first being a SUP paddleboard challenge which has seen a team of eight paddle 210 miles collectively to raise money for mental health charity, Mind.


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