Ava,11, bakes cakes to help old folk

July 01 2020

Ava,11, bakes cakes to help old folk

Ava Reynolds sprang into action after she overheard her mum Kerry, who works for charity Brunelcare, on a Zoom video call discussing how the coronavirus crisis had made it more difficult for tenants to connect with their loved ones.
Ava decided to help by baking treats for friends, family and neighbours and selling them to raise money to buy two tablet computers.
The 11-year-old has baked more than 30 batches of cupcakes, muffins, cookies and tiffin, raising £200 in the process.
Kerry was discussing the problems with Laura Oliver, the centre manager at Brunelcare’s Waverley Gardens extra care housing site in Bishopsworth, where residents need at least five hours of care per week. After coronavirus restrictions put an end to visits, carers were using their personal mobile phones to keep tenants connected with their friends and families.
Ava said: “I heard my mum on a Zoom call with her friends, they were discussing how they would love to do something to help Waverley Gardens, so I thought I could bake and raise money for an android tablet, I ended up baking so much that I managed to raise enough money for two!”
Kerry said: “I’m so proud of Ava. It’s such a lovely thing to do.
“She thought about the idea all on her own and we set off baking the same day! It took us two weeks of baking to raise the £200 but we did it in the end! She’s my little hero.”
Laura said: “It’s so lovely of Ava to bake for such a good cause. It means now, our carers don’t have to use their personal phones to keep the families contacted, we can use the tablets. They’re so handy and a lot bigger, so it’s easier for our tenants to see their loved ones. She’s a superstar and we can’t thank her enough.”