Cakes and buns mean big slice of cash for Friends

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A cake sale and raffle has raised £1,700 for the Friends of Crawley Hospitals.

Maria Hains, Lesley Marginson, Sue Irvine and Tony Bedford made hundreds of scones, cupcakes and apple pies before selling them to hungry passers-by at Crawley Hospital on March 19.

The sale was run in conjunction with a raffle, which included a cosmetic hamper from Boots and giant Easter eggs among its prizes.

Maria admitted getting a little carried away with the star prize – a hamper of goodies which was so large she needed help to carry it to the winner’s car.

The winner in question was a delighted 80-year-old from Gossops Green who said she was looking forward to sharing it with her family.

Maria said: “There were no cakes left at the end – people were still coming by and asking for them but they had gone. I’m just chuffed it went so well and that we raised more than last year.”

Maria, of Three Bridges, is also a member of the Gatwick Diamond Rotary Club along with former Crawley Open House director Peter Mansfield-Clark.

Some Rotary Club members are currently undergoing training with the British Heart Foundation to be able to carry out blood pressure checks.

Peter said: “We have offered blood pressure checks in the town centre before but always had to have a nurse to do the checks.

“Now we’re going to be qualified to do it ourselves.”