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Blackbird Leys bobbies rise to occasion with charity cake bake
BOBBIES turned bakers in a cake sale that saw Blackbird Leys police community support officers (PCSOs) raise more than £500 for a heart disease centre.
The team put their baking skills to the test for a good cause by making heart-themed cakes for the day.
Kate Hellenburgh organised the sale after a colleague had to be treated by the Oxford Heart Centre at the John Radcliffe Hospital.
She said: “I first heard of the amazing work the Heart Centre does when our colleague was recently admitted to the centre. He received first class treatment and care.
“As a team we decided we would like to give something back to the Heart Centre and raise some money.
“I decided it would be fun for us to bake some cakes, all with a heart theme and ask members of the public for a donation of their choice. We had some really positive comments from members of the public whose relatives had been treated at the centre. The generosity and support was overwhelming.”
As well as their home-made treats, there was a tombola with about 60 prizes from local businesses and police staff, including free cinema tickets, perfume sets and dinner for two.
In total the day raised £520, which went to the heart centre’s charity Heartfelt Appeal.
The centre helps those who have heart disease and provides vital emergency care for people who have had a heart attack.
The sale took place at the Templar Square Shopping Centre off Cowley Road during the Bank Holiday weekend.
PCSO Barry Sheehan said: “One of our colleagues was recently treated at the centre so the charity is close to our hearts.
“It was a great day, it was really fun.”
Three-year-old Sapphire Field, from Wheatley, gave to the cause by enjoying several cupcakes.
Sapphire’s mum Kelly Cowan said: “We were just shopping and we saw all of the police so we went over to see what was going on. Then we saw all of the cakes and Sapphire got quite excited.”
The care assistant added: “They said all of the cakes had been made by colleagues, which was pretty impressive because some looked professional.
“It was worth it, it’s a good cause.”
PCSO Hellenburgh did not want to identify the officer to protect his privacy.
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