When the Mayor of Bournemouth attended The Bournemouth & Poole College recently he was presented with a generous donation to a local charity. It was smiles all round as Level 1 Hospitality and Catering students at The Bournemouth & Poole College handed over a cheque to the Mayor’s charity, Evelyn’s bakery.
Students had made the biscuits, now known as The Mayor’s Cookie, from their own unique recipe. Earlier this year BTEC Level 3 Business Course students at The College sold more than 200 Mayor’s Cookies to eager shoppers at Castlepoint, Bournemouth to raise funds for Evelyn’s Bakery in Winton.
Mayor Ronald Copper and his wife Elaine had probably the best job in the process - helping to choose the best recipe from a number put forward by the students. They held a Cookie Challenge bake-off at which the civic leaders were asked to choose the best and tastiest.
Said the Mayor: “As Mayor, I get dozens of invites and interesting receptions but being asked to choose a cookie that will go on regular sale and raise more money for Evelyn’s is probably one of the best tasks I’ve had.”
Evelyn’s Bakery supports people with learning and mental health problems and people recovering from traumatic brain injuries, helping them gain catering experience.
Debbie Sherman, team leaders for the Level 1 group said: “This was a really educational process as well helping a good cause.
“The students were able to test their skills in a commercial setting, working in workplace kitchens and learning their own strengths and weakness. It’s been a rewarding experience for everyone involved.”
The Cookie Challenge students were: Joshua Shane, Kelly Gummer, Harry Randell, Abbie Lilly Ruth Jennings and Farrell Cowan.
The original idea was thanks to Kate Johnson of the College’s Community Link team.