The Luton and Dunstable Hospital Charitable Fund has launched its Bake Off to Take Off initiative in aid of the hospital’s Helipad Appeal. A special downloadable cake-sale pack has been created – providing everything a foodie fundraiser could need to host a Bake Off to Take Off.
The ‘Bake Off to Take Off’ pack – the idea for which was inspired by the hospital celebrating its 80th birthday in this year – includes posters, invitations, a bunting template, and a selection favourite baking recipes chosen by some of the hospital’s teams.
The initiative was officially launched on 5th July 2019 alongside the NHS Big Tea (www.nhsbigtea.co.uk), which was held to raise money for NHS charities across the UK on the date of the organisation’s 71st birthday.
Sarah Amexheta, Head of Charity, said: ‘2019 is a milestone year for the L&D, and Preparing to Land is the charity’s flagship appeal for the 80th birthday celebrations. Among multiple other fundraising ideas, cake sales seemed like a natural fit, and the NHS Big Tea a natural launch date.
“We have had a lot of fun with bake-offs between hospital staff in the past, but thought it was about time to stop eating all the cake ourselves and start spreading the love! Hopefully the pack will provide inspiration enough for events large and small. We look forward to seeing the results.”
The Helipad Appeal aims to generate £1.5m, the final sum required to secure the project to build a helipad within the hospital complex. With no helipad currently at the hospital itself, Air Ambulances land on a local school playing field and transfer patients the final distance by road, significantly eating into the 60 critical minutes after an incident. If it is deemed too risky to undertake the final road transfer, casualties can potentially be transferred to the nearest emergency helipads, in Northamptonshire, Cambridge or London. The closest of these is over 25 miles away.
The majority of the helipad funding – over £4m – is already in place. It is hoped that the helipad will be operational by 2021.
You can download the pack via the Charity section of the L&D website.
Bakers are invited to share their creations on Facebook and Twitter using the #bakeofftotakeoff hashtag.
The charity’s own pages can be found on Facebook and Twitter at @ldhfundraising.
You can also help the cause via Just Giving
For more information visit www.ldh.nhs.uk/helipad
To families of all our patients, we wanted to give a reminder that sadly, at both Bedford and the Luton & Dunstable Hospital, we are still unable to allow any visitors on site, unless there are exceptional circumstances, for example in maternity or children’s departments, or for those patients who are receiving palliative treatment at the end of their lives, on a case-by-case basis.
At Bedford we will call one designated member of family every day between 1.30pm and 4.30pm with a daily phone update. Those who miss a call back during this time and are concerned can contact the helpline on 01234 730500.
For the Luton & Dunstable, we are offering a dedicated Next of Kin helpline for family members who want to check up on their loved ones – please nominate one family member to call 01582 718884 between 8am and 6pm.