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Haverhill woman's cake sweetens the mood for staff at Addenbrooke's Hospital covid-19 ward




An amateur baker’s creation has provided a tasty morale booster for hospital staff treating patients with coronavirus.

Marilyn Barley, of Ufford Place, in Haverhill, was planning on baking a cake – something she does purely as a hobby – on Wednesday last week but didn’t know who to bake it for.

Knowing that her sister, auxiliary nurse Jenny Wilkinson, who also lives in Haverhill, was working on a Covid-19 ward at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Marilyn decided to make the cake for the NHS.

Jenny Wilkinson (second left) and colleagues on the covid-19 ward at Addenbrooke's Hospital with the cake made by her sister Marilyn Barley
Jenny Wilkinson (second left) and colleagues on the covid-19 ward at Addenbrooke's Hospital with the cake made by her sister Marilyn Barley

She made a Victoria sponge, with a raspberry jam filling, covered with butter cream icing and decorated with rainbows and the words ‘Love NHS’ on top.

Marilyn said: “I was just thinking about making a cake and I thought who can I make it for and I was racking my brain and I said to my daughter ‘I think I’m going to make it for the NHS’ and that’s where the idea came from.”

Once the cake was finished, said Marilyn, she arranged a time for her sister to collect the cake from outside of her house – having not told her what she would be picking up.

The cake made by Marilyn Barley for staff at the covid-19 ward at Addenbrooke's Hospital
The cake made by Marilyn Barley for staff at the covid-19 ward at Addenbrooke's Hospital

Jenny then took it to the ward where she was working that night.

Marilyn added: “She didn’t know what it was. She said ‘what is it?’ and I said ‘you will have to take a look’ and she did and she was overwhelmed.

“Everybody (on the ward) was over the moon with it.”

This week, added Marilyn, she also made a cake for a friend who works on the BBC Look East team. It was collected and taken in for the news team yesterday.


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