We have baking rounds every 3 months. I will send a reminder email out a couple of weeks before the baking day to remind everyone that Baking for Hospice is coming up and to ask who is keen to bake and you can just let me know whether you can make it that particular round or not.
The whole thing is very voluntary, if there’s a round you can’t make, its no biggy at all! People bake what they can and when they can and we really appreciate any and all baking.
ON THE DAY
On the day, we have a system of drop off points, fellow bakers who have volunteered their houses for the day for people to drop baking off at.
I will send an email out the week before each round with a timetable of when you can drop off baking at each of the drop off points. The timetable will set out when bakers can drop off their baking at each drop off point…so for instance if the timetable for last round was:
|9:00am-10:00am||Nessie – St Johns||North Shore Hospice|
|9:30am – 10:30pm||Margaret & Aimee – Onehunga
|10:00am-11:30pm||Pavanie – Pakuranga
||Totara Hospice South Auckland|
|9:30am – 10:30am||Diana – Newmarket||North Shore Hospice|
|11:00am – 12noon||Phillippa – Albany||North Shore Hospice|
|11:30am – 12:30pm||Kathryn – Delish Cupcakes, Forrest Hill||North Shore Hospice|
|1:00pm- 1:15pm||*North Shore Hospice – 7 Shea Tce – Takapuna
||North Shore Hospice|
|* Please let me know if you are dropping off at the NS Hospice so I can make sure there are enough cake boxes for you. Thanks!!!|
So, if you lived near the Albany drop off address you can drop baking off any time between 11am and 12noon, or if you live closer to the Forrest Hill site you can drop of there any time from 11:30am to 12:30pm etc.
You can choose which site you drop baking off at, one may be more convenient for you that day because of its location or timing but please do give me an email to let me know which site you plan to use each round so I can make sure there are enough cake boxes for everyone at each of the drop off sites.*
On the day I will drive around and pick up all the baking from each collection point, arriving at the end of the collection times (in the above example from Albany at 12noon and in Forrest Hill at 12:30). I take pictures of the lovely baking (so if you happen to drop off near the end of the collection I would love to get a photo of you and your baking!). I then drive the baking to the North Shore Hospice.
We are now also delivering baking to Mercy Hospice and Totara Hospice South Auckland. All the baking that goes to the Pakuranga drop off site will be dropped off by the lovely Pavanie to Totara Hospice South Auckland. All the baking that is dropped off to the Hillsborough drop off site will be taken to Mercy Hospice by the wonderful Aimee.
Dropping off at other times
If you are wanting to drop off baking at times outside the drop off times, you can take your baking directly to the Hospices on the day. Just make sure your baking is well labelled in a disposible container you are happy to part with. If you are able to take a quick picture of your baking and send it to me (or even just an email to let me know what you dropped off) I can include it in the Wrap Up!
North Shore Hospice: 7 Shea Tce, Takapuna, North Shore
Totara Hospice South Auckland: 140 Charles Prevost Dr, The Gardens, Auckland
Mercy Hospice: 61 College Hill, Freemans Bay, Auckland
UPDATE June 2013: Since I am now based in Wellington, there may be some rounds where I’ll have to call on friends or family to help me out with the runs, so you might see different friendly faces now collecting the baking and again!
CAKE BOXES AND CONTAINERS
There will be disposable cake boxes available at each drop off site so you will be able to take your own containers home. Please make sure you write your name and what you baked on your cake box so we can give credit where credit is due! Please also jot down on the box if there are any nuts in your baking or if the baking is gluten free/dairy free/vegan/low residue to help the hospices sort out the baking for people with special dietary needs.
If you are dropping off straight to Hospices (and/or outside the allocated times) bring your baking in a disposible container that you don’t mind giving to the Hospice. Please also label your container well with your name, what you baked and if there are nuts/it’s gluten free etc.
WHAT TO BAKE
In terms of what to bake – any baking is totally appreciated! The hospices are super grateful for any baking you are able to donate but especially like things that will keep and freeze well like: slices, biscuits (especially shortbread) and loaves (e.g. ginger and fruit). Of course, cakes and other baking creations are still very much welcome, as they are used for special occasions such as birthdays for patients and staff, morning teas, functions etc.
If you are thinking of dropping off your baking to Onehunga for Mercy Hospice, please note that Mercy Hospice has limited storage so slices or biscuits or baking that will keep well for several days would be fantastic, but of course everything is more than appreciated.
The baking is intended for the patients, their families and the wonderful staff so anything you bake will be awesome.
I usually get everyone to give a heads up as to what they think they will make in the next round (just so we don’t get 12 batches of Anzac biscuits in one round for example!) but it’s very flexible and totally up to you. And you don’t have to bake humongous batches. The idea is everyone bakes a little something and combined we have loads to give away.
A lot of the baking is used rightaway, given away to families and staff or given to the patients on the day or used for a morning tea the next day or if your baking can be frozen then the Hospice can store the baking and bring it out later on.
I also usually make up some sort of theme for each round just for fun. If you want to bake to the theme that’s cool but if you don’t want to bake to theme that is also ay-ok. Pleae do not feel obliged to bake to theme at all, it’s just for a bit of fun.
INFO FOR DROP OFF POINT VOLUNTEERS
If you’ve agreed to volunteer your place as a Drop Off Point, first of all…THANK YOU!!! Baking for Hospice could not happen without you generously opening up your houses for our baking, so a massive thank you from all of us.
What it involves is around an hour and a half or so of your time on the day when bakers can drop off their baking to your place. I will do a drive round and at a set time pick up all the baking that has been dropped off at your house and drive it to the North Shore Hospice.
I will also drop off some disposable cake boxes at your house on the Saturday (the day before the Round) so people can take their containers home with them. You don’t need to be home when I drop them off as I can just leave them on your door step.
I will email you with a tentative driving plan and time table for drop off times around 2 weeks before the baking day. Please let me know if this suits you.
On the day, it would be awesome if you could please get the bakers to write their names and what they baked onto the lids of the boxes so we have an idea as to who baked what and what kind of baking we have!
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to give me an email!
Nessie Sharpe 🙂