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Bake sale for virtual assistant at Huddersfield care home

A BAKE sale has raised almost ten times the original estimate for Thornhill Care Home residents in Huddersfield.

Activities coordinator at Thornhill Care Home, Laura Lumb had hoped to raise enough to buy an Amazon Echo Dot, which sell for £49.99.

She smashed her original goal, however, selling cupcakes, cookies, brownies, sponges and more, to buy the virtual assistant for the care home.

She raised £419 from the bake sale, after help from her mum, Lynn Leadbetter, and cake donations from other volunteers.

The bake sale at Thornhill Care Home

The bakers also included parents of children at KT Dance Academy, where the bake sale took place, and Clough Head Junior and Infant School. 

Local businessman Garry Scott, who owns Garry Scott Groundwork, Landscaping & Maintenance, donated £100 to the sale. 

He said:

“I know how much these people mean to Laura and she loves them with all her heart, which I can see, so I hope this helps.”

After buying the virtual assistant for the residents, Laura said the additional funds will contribute towards creating an indoor garden café at the care home.

She said: “I was astonished we raised a massive £419. I would like to thank everyone for the kind donations and a special thanks goes to Garry Scott. We wanted to buy an Echo Dot as we believe it’s important for residents to learn about new technology and what is happening in the world around them. As it’s voice activated, it’s a really easy bit of technology to use, and we’re sure the residents will enjoying asking it questions, catching up on the news and listening to music. The additional funds will go a long way to creating an indoor garden café at the home, which will give residents and visitors an additional place to enjoy a hot drink and a catch up.”

For more information about Thornhill Care Home please visit www.hillcare.net
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