East Yorkshire bakery raises £868 of funds for earthquake victims

A local bakery spread the love this Valentine’s Day to help those devastated by the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.

Ellie Birch, from Elliegantly Made in Hedon, was so moved by the events and images that have filled the news in recent weeks that she felt she needed to do something to help. That’s why she has been very busy baking and selling boxes of cupcakes, with 100% of the proceeds taken from orders going to the Red Cross to help aid efforts. The British Red Cross is a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) and the money raised from sales will help to provide support and assist in rescue efforts.

Ellie said: “It’s utterly heartbreaking. So many people have lost their lives, I just had to do something. February is traditionally the month of love so I felt I needed to spread some – and although I can’t help physically, I can bake, so I can raise money.”

Makeshift camps have been set up for the millions of people rendered homeless. With wintry temperatures well below zero, The Red Cross has come together with other organisations across the globe to help where they can by providing and distributing food, water and blankets.

The earthquakes, reaching magnitudes of 7.8, hit Turkey and Syria on 6th February and have since then taken the lives of around 47,000 people. With search and rescue efforts still underway, experts say that this total is likely to increase.

Ellie added: “We raised £868 from the selling of cupcakes and every penny will help someone, even if it’s just one person.”

To find out more about Elliegantly Made, please email enquiries@elliegantlymade.co.uk or visit www.elliegantlymade.co.uk