Cake maker wins monthly award after raising £16,000

Director at Advanta, Mike Cottingham, presents a certificate to Yana Askaroff
Director at Advanta, Mike Cottingham, presents a certificate to Yana Askaroff

A TALENTED amateur cake and preserve maker who’s raised nearly £16,000 for charity has been named November’s Resident of the Month.

Yana Askaroff has raised the money through holding quarterly coffee mornings at her Eastbourne home, which are attended by her colleagues, friends and neighbours.

Yana started her fundraising in 2006 after losing her sister to a kidney related disease.

She wanted to raise money for Kidney Research and decided to do so by showing off her beautifully established garden and offering cakes and preserves in exchange for donations.

Each year Yana makes a total of around 100 cakes for the coffee mornings and nearly 500 pots of preserves to sell at the events.

Various charities have benefited from her fundraising efforts over the years, including Demelza House Hospice, Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Local Kids with Cancer.

What began as a relatively modest event raising £300 in the early days, has gained so much support over the years that one coffee morning alone raised an incredible £750.

The Resident of the Month Award was introduced to recognise less well-known people in the town who make a positive contribution to the community or have excelled in a particular field.

It is jointly sponsored by Advanta Chartered Accountants and the Eastbourne Herald.

Director at Advanta, Mike Cottingham, presented Yana with a certificate to mark her achievement.

He said, “Yana’s efforts for charity are incredible. She bakes countless cakes and pots of preserve in her spare time and tends to her garden to make sure it’s in top condition to hold her coffee mornings, all in the name of charity.

“I’m delighted she’s been named November’s Resident of the Month.”

Yana is now looking forward to a complimentary meal for two at Ridgways restaurant in Meads.

To nominate someone who you think deserves recognition please email or call 01323 411222.