STAFF at Jenkins Bakery shops are celebrating raising an amazing £4000 for Cancer Research UK.
The bakery staff broke last year’s record fundraising for the charity by £400. This was the seventh year for the bakery to embark on a fundraising fortnight for Cancer Research UK.
All 30 Jenkins Bakery shops were decorated with a pink theme to promote Cancer Research UK. Bakery staff also organised special fundraising events.
“The Pink campaign in our shops was a huge success,” said Jenkins Bakery area manager Fiona Snook.
“Members of staff dressed up in a pink theme and the shops were decorated to add to the party spirit.
“Our loyal customers were, of course, fantastic and hugely supportive of the campaign, with generous donations to Cancer Research.
“I must give special praise to our staff, who were fantastic, holding raffles, fancy dress events, bikeathons, and other fundraising events.
“We are into our seventh year of doing this event and each year the fundraising campaign for Cancer Research UK goes from strength to strength. A big thank you goes to all our staff and all our customers for supporting this worthy charity.
“The bakery served up special pink cupcakes for the occasion – and we think our customers enjoyed them as a contribution went directly towards the charity.”
The Jenkins Bakery has 30 shops across south Wales and employs 300 people, full and part-time, with the company’s headquarters in Trostre, Llanelli.
The family firm’s yellow banner is a recognisable landmark within many communities and is currently undergoing a makeover.
The iconic yellow is still a feature of the branding, but it has been updated with a chic black design.
Operations Director Russell Jenkins said: “We are very proud of the new-look and plan to continue the roll-out of the new designs and refurbishment, it brings a more modern feel to the design and layout of the stores. We want our customers to have the best possible experience when they visit us, so it’s important we keep improving and updating.”
As part of the investment, Jenkins has also purchased new Merrychef ovens to expand the product range offered, with 10 stores now having the ability to make paninis and serve hot savouries on request.
Investments have also been made in new serving counters and fridges. The bigger stores have coffee shops for customers to enjoy a hearty sit-down breakfast or lunch, and other stores have had smaller seating areas created for customers to sit and relax with their coffees and treats.
The refurbishments will continue into 2020.