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Norwich Research Park community raises £570 for local charity Big C

22 May 2023

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Anglia Innovation Partnership (AIP), the science park management entity for the Norwich Research Park, hosted a charity bake sale, and baking competition, at the Centrum building, in support of local charity, Big C.

The community, at Norwich Research Park, turned out in force to support, and the morning was a great success, with the donations totalling £570.

Members of the community brought in their best baked goods, for judging, and there was a great variety of different treats, including cookies, cakes, cupcakes, muffins, and sweets! The judges were:

  • Roz Bird. CEO of AIP
  • Tracy Mills. Catering General Manager of the Genuine Dining Company
  • Marcela da Costa. Founder of Emporium Norwich, a local confectionery shop specialising in handcrafted luxury chocolates. To find out more head to the website.




The winners of the baking competition (shown in the images above) were:

1st Gemma Goodrum, Leaf Expression System

2nd Mahasen Qendakji, John Innes Centre

3rd Alex Howard, AAH Software

Following the competition Tonia King, Charitable Area Operations Manager at Big C, explained how the charity supports anyone affected by Cancer and you can find out more about the ways Big C supports people on their website.

Antonia Gray, Marketing and Communications officer at Big C said, “Wasn’t it a fabulous event today, and what a fantastic amount to raise from cakes! It was lovely seeing the community at NRP come together and help raise funds for such an important cause. Thank you so much to everyone who took part, whether they were a judge, a baker or an eater!”

Cancer research is one of the specific focus areas of research on Norwich Research Park. Different groups across the park look at different cancers and a Norwich Cancer Research Network was formed a few years ago to help connect researchers in this field. Big C also fund vital research into cancer right here in Norwich, with a total of £12.5 million in research and equipment grants across the park.

Roz Bird, AIP CEO said, “I have to say I really enjoyed judging all the entries! The winning cake was a beautifully presented Victoria sponge, with fondant icing, decorated with daisies and bees.

I know some members of the AIP team, that entered the competition, had not baked a cake before. Their results were very impressive indeed! I was surprised that we managed to raise £570 in one morning from selling the cakes, I believe this exceeded Big C’s expectations, and so I do feel proud to be part of such a generous community. Well done all!”

Future community events, organised by the AIP team, include our second big showcase event and our third quiz night. Check out our events page for more info on those.

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