Posted: 17/04/2020

Original Biscuit Bakers donate gingerbread biscuits

In response to COVID-19, Shropshire based artisan biscuit producers, Original Biscuit Bakers -creators of high-quality, hand decorated and award winning gingerbread novelties and gifts – have donated thousands of artisan, hand decorated gingerbread biscuits to NHS workers, the homeless & those in food poverty via food re-distributors, City Harvest, in London, and the Market Drayton Foodbank. They have also donated to staff and patients at the Royal Stoke University Hospital via the ‘UHNM Charity’ – University Hospital of North Midlands Charity.

Sales and Marketing Director of Original Biscuit Bakers, Sarah Hopcroft, said: ‘’Due to the current health crisis, our stock levels were high and we could see an opportunity to donate to worthy causes both locally and further afield. We are absolutely delighted to have donated our hand decorated novelty biscuits to those who are desperately in need via three fantastic charities.  We really hope our delightful and lovingly produced Easter gingerbread biscuits brought cheer and joy to those on the front line, those struggling with homelessness and also food poverty in such turbulent and difficult times.  I am extremely grateful to the amazing City Harvest London, Market Drayton Foodbank  & University Hospital  of North Midlands Charity for organising the re-distribution of what would otherwise be surplus goods.’’

Hundreds of artisan Easter themed gingerbread biscuits were delivered on Thursday 9th April to City Harvest to be distributed to front line NHS worker and the homeless via City Harvest.

CEO of City Harvest, Laura Winningham, said:

‘’We are a non-profit surplus food redistribution charity who deliver for free to those in need.  Covid-19, means, now, more than ever, our City Harvest vans are needed on the roads delivering food to charities across London who are preparing food parcels for vulnerable groups including NHS workers on the front line. We are delighted to receive donations such as these beautiful Easter themed gingerbread biscuits which were such a delightful Easter themed gift in such stressful times.’’ 

Four large boxes of artisan gingerbread were also donated to the Market Drayton Foodbank on Tuesday 7th and Thursday 9th April 2020 in time for Easter. 

Helen McSherry, Manager of Market Drayton Foodbank said ‘’ We thank and are very grateful to Sarah and her company for donating the Easter biscuits to us which were a lovely addition to our usual emergency food parcels during these difficult times. The biscuits were also added to the child holiday meal parcels so the children of Market Drayton will have received these in time for Easter.”

On Saturday 11th April, Sales and Marketing Director, Sarah Hopcroft, also distributed 1,200 hand iced, Easter themed gingerbread biscuits to staff and patients in the Royal Stoke University Hospital via the ‘UHNN’ – University Hospital of North Midlands Charity.

Original Biscuit Bakers have been producing hand crafted gingerbread novelties and other biscuits for over 30 years, with only the finest ingredients and state of the art technology.   The company make over 200 tonnes of gingerbread a year, employ over 70 local Shropshire based staff and provide novelties for companies such as Waitrose, John Lewis, The National Trust as well as coffee shops, farm shops, delicatessens and tourist attractions. 

Each of the gingerbread novelties are handcrafted by highly skilled decorators to create a wide variety of fun and beautiful designs. The company also makes the award winning, heritage biscuit brand, ‘Billington’s Gingerbread’ under licence. They are located in Market Drayton, Shropshire, which is the home of gingerbread.

City Harvest, established in 2014, is London’s first last-mile food redistribution charity. Rescuing surplus food and delivering to those who need it most, chilled vans form rapid response units collecting waste 7 days a week throughout the capital. Free of charge, City Harvest vans collect and deliver 80,000 meals a week from supermarkets, wholesale markets, manufacturers and the hospitality industry. Their trademark fleet of temperature-controlled vans deliver to over 300 London community programmes including homeless shelters, mental health community projects, family centres, children’s programmes, and domestic abuse refuges.

Market Drayton Food Bank supports local people in crisis by providing emergency food supplies and essential weekly food and essential goods parcels. There is currently huge demand due to theCovid19 crisis.

UHNM Charity is a registered charity which provides funds to enable University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust to purchase state-of-the-art medical equipment and to enhance and improve patient experience and comfort at County Hospital in Stafford and Royal Stoke University Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent.

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