Baked bean baths. Commuters in school uniform. Edinburgh's biggest Harlem Shake. It could only mean one thing: Red Nose Day.
Was Skyscanner going to miss out on the opportunity to raise some money for Comic Relief? Was Skyscanner going to miss out on having fun? Of course not.
Just a few days before Red Nose Day - Friday 15th March - a specially-extended Charity Committee came together to come up with some ideas on how we could raise a few bob for this excellent cause. Fortunately, they decided against making us all wear fancy dress to work, but with little notice, this motley crew stepped up in style to organise the Skyscanner Red Nose Day Coffee Morning.
Now coffee mornings are nothing without cake, so the word went out and Skyscanner staff set to work coming up with the (baked) goods. To make the event even more exciting, there would be a prize for the best bit of baking, as voted for by the fondant-fancying punters.
Bake it, and they will come, and come they did in their droves - both our dear Skyscannerites and our cake-hungry Quartermile co-workers, who popped into Skyscanner HQ to do their bit for charity, and their waistlines. Volunteers from the Charity Committee served Barista-style coffees, which provided the ideal accompaniment to a marshmallow top hat or five, while attendees ramped up the fun levels with a game of Jenga or ping-pong.
As for the cakes, there was cinnamon, there was caramel marble, there was even html icing. Eileen Ogg conjured an exquisite Victoria sponge adorned with rose petals, rookie Mikey Gray came from nowhere to stun the crowds with his cake pops, Cat McGloin stayed up all night perfecting her glorious ginger biscuits (the ideal accompaniment to an afternoon Empress Grey) and semi-pro cupcake creator James Ferguson shook off his controversial defeat in last year’s Skyscanner Bake-Off to do us proud. We knew he would.
But, with marks awarded for taste and presentation, the eventual winner was Finance's Clare Murphy, for her chocolate sponge cake and truffles. Clare deservedly won a lovely hamper for her efforts.
Afterwards a Charity Committee spokesperson wiped the buttercream icing from their lips to comment: “We would just like to say a big thank you to everyone who came and ate cake and gave so generously. We made a grand total of £350. It is a fantastic result, and it’s all thanks to the fact we all love cake!”
James Ferguson added “I'd also like to thank everyone who helped pull this together, especially as it was a very last-minute thing. What a great achievement! Many thanks to the Charity committee for their efforts, and extended thanks to Eileen, Chris, JamesT, Hilary, Hugh, Cat M, and Debs.”
(photos by Hugh Beauchamp)