BBC Radio York launch its biggest ever Cake and a Cuppa event

Yorkshire News

BBC Radio York has today announced plans to hold its biggest ever Cake and a Cuppa event on Yorkshire Day (August 1st).

It’s part of the station’s commitment to tackle loneliness and isolation across North Yorkshire and follows a series of successful Cake and a Cuppa events across the county over the last year.

This time BBC Radio York is asking listeners to hold their own events.  The events can take place anywhere and can be any size.  Events could be in listeners’ own homes or gardens or they could get together with other friends/colleagues to hold a bigger event in a village hall or community centre.

cakeAnyone interested in holding an event can request a Cake and a Cuppa pack from BBC Radio York by calling the station on 0800 111 4849.

BBC Radio York we will be broadcasting live from as many events as possible, with presenters visiting Cake and a Cuppas throughout the day. Presenters getting involved include Jules Bellerby from the drive-time show; Anna Wallace and Adam Tomlinson on the afternoon show; Jonathan Cowap on mid-morning; and Georgey Spanswick, who recently returned to BBC Radio York to present the breakfast show.

“They said to me – we want you to spend your whole show drinking tea and eating cake – how could I resist?” laughed breakfast presenter Georgey Spanswick. “But seriously I am delighted to support this campaign as I know loneliness is a subject that affects many people in our region.”

The last Cake and a Cuppa event was held in Stamford Bridge on June 20 and was hosted by presenters Anna Wallace and Adam Tomlinson who broadcast their afternoon show live from the village hall. The event was attended by over 250 people who provided a record 70 cakes. One lady who came along was called Kath who, despite living in Stamford Bridge, had never been to the village hall before.“I’ve listened to Radio York an awful lot but I haven’t had the courage to come until today,” said Kath. “I’m not a very forceful person so I often feel that I can’t just go and make conversation so I tend to back off rather than go to people.  I’ve met a lot of people here that I didn’t know so that’s a good start.”

“We had a fantastic time in Stamford Bridge – I had never seen so much cake in all of my life!” said Anna Wallace. “It was fascinating to watch people who had never met before start chatting and getting to know each other. Before you know it new friendships were being made around the room and long may they continue.”

Joe Pignatiello, Editor of BBC Radio York, added: “We made a commitment last year to do our bit to tackle loneliness as we know this it’s something that affects many people across our patch. Our previous events have been really well received and I hope listeners will get behind this and organise their own cake and a cuppa event to bring the people of North Yorkshire together on Yorkshire Day.”