Have your cake and eat it too!

Members of staff at Ettrick Bay Tearoom are backing Bute's efforts in the Stand Up To Cancer campaign.
Members of staff at Ettrick Bay Tearoom are backing Bute's efforts in the Stand Up To Cancer campaign.

The proprietor of Ettrick Bay Tearoom has pledged to use his legendary desserts to help raise funds for this year’s Stand Up To Cancer campaign.

Alex Gibson will offer any cake or dessert each week day throughout the October half term (October 6–17), as a ‘Stand Up’ pudding. All you need to do is add an extra 50p on the usual price and Alex will match your donation, meaning an extra £1.00 in total will go to the cause for every special Stand Up pudding sold between 10am - 11.30am and 2pm - 5pm.

Bute is famous within Cancer Research UK circles for its incredible fundraising efforts over the last two years for Stand Up To Cancer, raising more money than any other CRUK shop in the UK. This year looks set to be no different.

Anna Harrison, shop manager said: “We cannot thank Alex and his team enough for their generous offer of support. Ettrick Bay is a busy place and we know everyone will enjoy their half term treats while raising money for such a worthwhile cause! The campaign this year is a little different – the main focus is a world record attempt: the largest ceilidh in a single venue. This will be held in Guildford Square at 12 noon on October 18, following the night of entertainment and fundraising on Channel 4 on October 17.

“We decided our defiant ‘Stands’ of previous years needed a twist so this year we’re showing cancer what we’re made of with a Gay Gordons! All anyone needs to do is turn up from 11am, put £1 or whatever they can afford in one of our buckets, register their name so we have an accurate count for the Guinness World Book of Records team and enjoy the fun. They won’t even need to worry about a partner – we can help with that!”

Other events in the lead up to the record attempt include a bath of gunge on Montague Street on Sat October 4 (will you dare your friends to get in?!), and a double carwash on Saturday, October 11, in Ettrick Bay’s car park and in the Co-op car park with help from the Cadets, Bute Rugby club and the Fire Brigade. Watch this space for details and times of all events or search for Cancer Research UK /Stand Up To Cancer on Facebook or @SU2Crothesay on Twitter to keep up with all the latest.

Stand Up To Cancer funds translational research which will have an impact for patients within three years. Simply put, that means accelerating the results of discoveries made in the lab into benefits for patients. The money raised by this year’s campaign will fund translational research at hospitals and universities across the UK and support UK-US collaborative research to develop state of the art new treatments to benefit patients here in the UK.