There’s nothing like cake to brighten up a Friday at work. And when it’s all in a good cause, who cares about the calories?

That was the message from Sarah Wear when she organised a cake sale at the offices of York City Council to raise money for Bowel & Cancer Research.

“It was hard work, but everyone pitched in and helped by making cakes and buns,” said Sarah, 48, who works in Customer Services for the council.

The facilities team at work lent me a trolley and we made another £30 by trundling it around the whole building.

A tombola and the proceeds from a few dress-down days pushed the total raised to £216 which will go to Bowel & Cancer Research in memory of Sarah’s stepdad and her father-in-law who both died of the disease.

Stepdad Ernie Pace died in 2018, aged 79, just five days after being told he had small bowel cancer. Sarah’s father-in-law George Leaf died in 2016, aged 73, 18 months after diagnosis.

My mum, Carol Pace, has been fundraising in Ernie’s memory so we thought we’d do our bit for a charity which means a lot to all of us

said Sarah, who lives in York with her partner Darren Leaf and their six sons.

Carol is organising a memorial event for Ernie on October 12 at New Earswick & District Bowls Club in Huntington Road, Huntington, York at 7pm where there will be a disco, buffet, raffle and tombola.

Money raised will go to Bowel & Cancer Research and CLIC Sargent. Carol has set up a fundraising page at

Chief Executive of Bowel & Cancer Research Deborah Gilbert thanked Sarah and her family for their support. “Bowel cancer is a terrible disease."

It’s our mission to ensure that no one should die from it in future and we are grateful to our fundraisers who make it possible for us to fund vital research in that direction.