Calendar Girls visit Ripon for sticky bun launch

Original Calendar Girls with Booths employee Elizabeth Harper at the toffee bun launch.
Original Calendar Girls with Booths employee Elizabeth Harper at the toffee bun launch.

The original Calendar Girls have visited Ripon to help launch a new sticky toffee bun which is helping to raise money for a cancer charity.

The five were at Booths supermarket in the city where the buns – made to a recipe devised by one of the store’s employees, Elizabeth Harper – went on sale for the first time.

Elizabeth’s sticky toffee buns were crowned winner of the Great Booths Bake Off, a companywide competition for Booths employees to create a winning recipe to be sold in Booths stores across the North with 10 per cent of the proceeds going to a charity of the winner’s choice.

The licensed specialist chose blood cancer charity Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research for the proceeds – a cause close to Elizabeth’s heart having lost her 18-year-old brother to leukaemia.

Nearly 150 employees from 29 Booths stores competed to be in with a chance of supplying the shelves of their own workplace.

Elizabeth said: “When I heard about the Bake Off competition for Booths employees, I thought it would be an ideal opportunity to raise funds for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

“When I baked my first batch of sticky toffee buns, I didn’t expect for a minute I’d be seeing them on the shelves at Booths but I hope that the proceeds will help to fund valuable research into this disease that affects so many families.”

Angela Baker and four of the other original Calendar Girls supported Elizabeth at the launch event in Booths which raised an initial £574 for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Angela’s husband John was diagnosed with non hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1998 and passed away after just a few months of treatment. She and her friends set about creating the now famous calendar and raised more than £3m for the charity.