This Saturday just gone I put on my first charity coffee and cake fundraiser for the fabulous charity Little Troopers.
It was a total success and we raised a fantastic £120!!!
#proudface all round.
There were, of course a few hiccups on the way. Including the first (and only solo) attempt at baking I did. That resulted in a whole batch of “fugly” cupcakes that we sold at a discount, because hey, fugly cakes need homes too.
We were given a mahoosive stack of boxes of cupcakes from Morrisons that were absolutely delish and had been baked fresh in store the day I collected them and hand decorated so beautifully- totally put my fuglies to shame tbh but I’m OK with that as it was for charidee.
Big props to Chris from Morrisons in Portsmouth for sorting us out with that scran. You are a legend and totally squared us away.
Other shout outs are needed for the lovely lady in charge of Cockleshell Community Centre- Kerry. Who set up the room the day before, sorted out the raffle tickets and showed up with a large amount of meat even though she had a horrendous migraine. Nails.
Not forgetting my civvy best mate Aime for her amazing face painting skillz including the full range of spider man characters including actual venom omg.
My NWBFF Emma and her hubby Dai (off of Wales). They turned up the day before and sorted out my crap baking skills and helped me learn to weigh my eggs and how to pipe buttercream. They also taught me that cocoa powder is not the same as hot chocolate.
And that it is especially not the same as hot chocolate that went off in 2014.
And the awesome Charlotte who rocked up bang on 9am when I was running shockingly late (I managed to get lost on the way- even though I’ve been there several times before- don’t ask).
Now I had never ever met Charlotte, but in true Navy wife style she surveyed the thinly veiled chaos I had created and calmly asked me how she could help and got on with cutting out prices and signs and stuff. She was un-flusterable and for that, I salute you.
Me on the other hand, I was not quite so calm. I arrived shockingly late, met my baking gurus Emma & Dai standing outside looking a tad perplexed as we couldnt get in yet.
Cue pacing and phoning and my hair getting more and more sweaty. We got in and got set up just in time. All thanks to the fantastic team of people who got stuck in. I’m not exaggerating when I say if had been all down to me it would have been a bit shit. It was a real team effort and it was So. Much. Fun.
We ate a lot of cakes.
We drank a lot of coffee.
We swapped navy horror stories.
We may have swapped incompetent husband stories. But the feminist in me won’t admit to that.
Helen went home with a big piece of meat. She was very happy with this.
I met up with loads of the wives from Popeyes old ship. It was FANTASTIC to see them all again and has inspired another NW Night Out soon.
My kids ran around screaming on a sugar high with face paints. Actually everyone else’s did this too, to be fair.
Although only my daughter decided to pull her trousers and pants down in the middle of the room in front of everyone shouting “I NEED THE TOILET NOWWWWW”-( hey you can’t win them all).
It was great and I’m sure I’ve forgotten lots of stuff. I want to do another one before Christmas and vary the location to get as many people as possible involved.
So keep your eyes peeled as I will be cobbling something else together in December-
Hope you can make it!
4 thoughts on “Eating cake in the name of charidee”
Congratulations and a massive well done! I’ve never weighed an egg in my life – just that part has left me in complete awe, never mind the rest 😂
Yes neither had I! Apparently it is essential as then you weigh the flour and the sugar to be the same as the eggs! V clever. Ooh you weigh them in their shells btw- not how I would have done it!
Ok so I know this was approx a billion years ago in that hazy memory of life pre Covid- but as a relatively newbie Navy WAG this is the kind of thing I would love to attend. Turns out it’s quite hard to meet others who get it when corona is a thing.
Will there be any other such events taking place at any point soon? Esther xx
Hi Esther, it’s worth checking out your local navy community hub- they have lots on regularly. The Navy Family’s Federation can help point you in the right direction if you’re in the UK.