A SCHOOL for youngsters with special needs has paid tribute to a Bridlington pensioner who gives up countless hours of her spare time to bake for fund-raising sales.
Charmain Robinson’s latest contribution of baked goods sold on a cake stall has raised over £600, money which will be used by Kings Mill School, in Driffield to buy two iPads for the students.
Since moving to Bridlington nine years ago Charmain has been a prolific baker raising thousands of pounds over the years for several charitable causes including CAFOD and Candlelighters as well as Bridlington in Bloom coffee mornings.
Charmain was inspired to start turning her baking into cash for Kings Mill School because a friend of hers has a child who attends the school.
“They are a delight to do things for,” Charmain said.
And Charmain’s love of baking stems back to her days as an Army wife, when her husband Malcolm was in the forces.
“I have done it for donkeys years. Because my husband is an ex-Army officer we travelled around quite a bit and everywhere you go you are expected to do things and look after the wives,” she said.
And Charmain’s generosity does not stop there - she is also a keen gardener, having taken the title of Bridlington’s Best Garden, in a competition run by the Free Press in conjunction with Eastfield Garden Centre, as reported in last week’s Free Press.
Charmain is a regular holder of and contributor to charity plant sales, again with the proceeds going to local good causes.
“I love baking and I love gardening,” she added.
Jayne Duke, home school liaison co-ordinator at Kings Mill School has spoken of their gratitude for everything Charmain does for them.
“We don’t know what we would do without her at events like these. She just charges for the ingredients and donates the proceeds.”
“She doesn’t have to do it but gets such a lot of joy from doing it. We are just so grateful to her, we are very fortunate.”