Cake and a kickabout for Rotherham Mayor at Bramley Bake-off

By Gareth Dennison | 30/08/2019

Cake and a kickabout for Rotherham Mayor at Bramley Bake-off
The Mayor ands Mayoress of Rotherham, Cllr jenny Andrews and Cllr Jeanette Mallinder are seen showing their football skills with students (left to right) Ali Said Abdelkadir, Jacob Houlton and Tom Watson.

THE mayor enjoyed a cake — and a kickabout — at the first Great Bramley Bake-off.

It was organised to raise money for Rotherham Hospice in memory of Michael Graves (31).

The Mayor and Mayoress of Rotherham, Cllrs Jenny Andrews and Jeanette Mallinder, were among those who attended at the King Henry pub on Saturday.

The bake-off was won by chef Saj Mahmood, who runs Bramley Fish Bar. He made a chocolate cake with flakes and fresh strawberries.

The day also included a football shootout game, a sponsored static bike ride, stalls and children’s activities.

Organiser Ash Dongaonkar (29), who was Michael’s best friend, said: “The day was much, much better than expected. 

“We initially had eight bakers signed up but on the day this ended up being 19 or 20. It was cake after cake after cake. 

“We wanted to piece together an event that Bramley hadn’t done before and everyone came together. 

“The response was amazing and we’ll be building on it next year. It was generally a real feel-good event.”

Plasterer Michael, of Laughton, was cared for at the hospice following several courses of chemotherapy before his death in April.

More than £1,000 was collected on the day — taking the total to £5,624 since efforts began in May with a five-year £25,000 target.

The next event is a fancy dress sports day at Wickersley School’s astroturf and courts next Saturday (7) from noon.

The five-a-side football players will be dressed as classic World Cup teams, with netball players in costume as superheroes.

A presentation event follows at the Three Horseshoes pub, Wickersley, and more details can be found in the Michael Graves Charity HQ Facebook group.

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