North East Charity Has Its Cake And Eats It



A Sunderland charity has found a sweet way to thank its volunteers – after winning a tasty competition prize.

Tanya Kaushal-Cash, a volunteer at Friends of the Drop In, a charity which runs weekly sessions for refugees and asylum seekers at St Mary's Church Parish Hall, Sunderland, recently won a year's supply of cupcakes.

Tanya entered the competition organised by 1879 Events Management – a subsidiary of Sunderland AFC – and was delighted to find she had won the delicious prize.

The competition, which ran on Capital FM, gave businesses and charities the opportunity to win a regular supply of cupcakes delivered to their workplace, created by the award-winning chefs at 1879.

“I entered the competition as I thought it would be nice to give something back to the volunteers who constantly work hard and offer a lot of their time to the drop in,” said Tanya.

“It will be a nice treat for them and a great way of saying thank you for all their hard work.

“A lot of people rely on this service and that's a real credit to our team of volunteers.”

Gary Hutchinson, director of 1879 Events Management said he was delighted that the prize had gone to such a worthwhile organisation.

“Friends of the Drop In do a really important job and it's great that they are now able to give a small thank you on a regular basis to the people who volunteer their time,” he said.

Friends of the Drop In was set up in 2011 to support people who have lived traumatic lives, and allows them the opportunity to interact with other people from around the world, who have had similar experiences.

The weekly sessions also help the attendees to integrate into the local community by providing them with information and advice along with food and leisure activities.

For more information about 1879 Event Management, including its in-venue operations and external event services for one-off outdoor events and day to day contracts, email enquiries@1879events.com or visit 1879events.com

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