THE oven gloves were off as bank staff cooked up a treat to raise charity cash.
Colleagues at Yorkshire Bank, in Hartlepool’s York Road, swapped their uniforms for aprons when they took part in a nationwide baking competition.
During July and August, Yorkshire Bank branches throughout the country held baking contests as part of the Help the Hospices Big Bake Off campaign, backed by celebrity chef Brian Turner.
And the Hartlepool staff offered a variety of treats to their customers as they baked everything from carrot cakes to jam doughnuts.
All of the bank’s team took part helping to raise £310 for Hartlepool and District Hospice, which will be doubled through a company fundraising scheme.
Ashleigh Dennison, cashier at Yorkshire Bank, said: “Each member of staff baked cakes to go on sale.
“The table was full of everything, all sorts of treats and we also sold ice-pops and pin badges and other things for the children.
“It was a major success with us raising £310 and we had to close the stall at 2pm because we had ran out of everything.
“All in all it was a fantastic day thanks to our very generous customers.”
Hospice staff were delighted to have received the support from the bank and say all of the money will go into funding patient care.
Carol Sennett, the hospice’s corporate fundraiser, said: “We are thrilled to have the support of the Yorkshire Bank staff.
“They have supported many hospice campaigns and fundraisers during our partnership.
“The hospice supports people living with a life limiting illness or coping with the death of a loved one and in order to continue to provide this care and support we rely heavily on the generosity of the local community and corporate companies like Yorkshire Bank.
“This is a wonderful amount which will be matched by the company and will go directly towards patient care.
“On behalf of our patients and their families I would like to say a huge thank you to the staff and customers of Yorkshire Bank and I look forward to continuing our working partnership in the future.”