After 3 consecutive successful years of running a vintage garden party to raise funds for BCM, this year has proved to be very different. Having set aside 27th June as a planned date for this year’s, it became obvious from March onwards that this was not going to be feasible.
I then had a call from an ex-colleague friend who had attended last year’s garden party, asking what was going to happen. When I replied that it couldn’t, she reminded me how we had overcome obstacles at work and found a way to achieve our goal. She suggested a takeaway version of the garden party. I said that would be a good idea but that flour had become a shortage item and it was a show stopper – no flour, no baking. She said she would find a solution and a few days later her husband called in with a 9kg bag of self-raising flour and said, “That’s a donation to get you started!”
The next issue was the need for 60 eggs – another shortage item. We struggled to obtain eggs in quantity but my sister had a friend who kept hens and in the end she supplied most of the eggs we needed.
From that point it was all systems go and many different individuals from both family and church family helped with supplies like butter, icing sugar and other items; and gradually it all came together. This is a story of God providing the resources to enable a project to happen against the odds.
Karen produced a large number of pots of jam. Lauren, a lady I had never met, offered to decorate 50 cupcakes to a professional standard. Three of the church teenagers assembled the takeaway boxes and tied bows around the paper napkins.
My original plans for the garden party included selling plants I grew from cuttings. My sister sold these with an honesty box on a table outside her home and Sylvia who had grown plants from seeds arranged for her husband to sell them to raise additional money. By the morning of 29th May more than 150 boxes with home baked cakes, scones, little jam pots and little pots of whipped cream were ready to be collected or delivered over the course of 2 days. Social distancing was rigorously observed but it was lovely to meet and chat face to face with grateful recipients who turned up at pre-arranged times to pick up their boxes.
Donations were given in envelopes or by credit card via give.net/gardenpartybox and thanks to an overwhelming response and considerable generosity just over £2,000 was raised at the time of writing. I believe that God was able to use the cake boxes to be a blessing to those who received them.
Thank you, Jean and supporters, for working so hard for BCM to make this brilliant project such a success.