21st February 2021

Big hearted brownie-leader Mia Pritchard, 14, was keen to do something to save her brownie pack and support the work we are doing here at the foodbank. So, with the help of her mum and her GCSE skills, the Astley teenager has baked her way to sweet success!

Mia, a student at Cannon Slade High School, runs the local Brownie pack alongside her mum, Kay. The annual subscription fee of £600 wasn’t going to be covered by attendance as in usual years, so Mia came up with the idea of a charity bake sale. But saving the Brownie’s wasn’t enough for the kind teen, she wanted to support us as well after seeing how the pandemic has affected people this past year. Her Food Prep and Nutrition GCSE had recently seen her bake vanilla slices which had wowed her mum’s friends on Facebook, so she set about organising her bake sale with military precision.

Young girl, MIa Pritchard, with box of home made cakes
Mia showing off one of the box of treats she planned, made and sold

Proud mum Kay explained: “Mia has spent weeks working on this project: she designed the box contents, worked out prices, made spreadsheets. She has masterminded it from start to finish! We made and sold 97 boxes of cakes, working 39 hours over two days to get them all completed.”

Mia’s wish to split the income 50:50 between the Brownie pack and the foodbank was fulfilled, and she delivered a cheque to us for £735 during half term. “We are thrilled”, explained Project Manager Warren Done. “Mia must be so busy with home schooling, yet she wanted to make time for both us and her Brownie pack. Her cakes looked delicious, and they will help us to feed many, many people in the local area. We really can’t thank her enough.”

Mia and Mum Kay at Atherton & Leigh Foodbank to handover their cheque

Mia’s donation was the icing on the cake after another busy week here – we hope she saved a few treats for herself!

If you or somebody you know needs support with food, please visit our ‘get help’ page for more details on how we can support you.

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