Caversham Court Gardens Patisserie volunteer resigns after a decade

An unpaid cafeteria and pastry manager has resigned after a decade in the role.

Sue Jones has been volunteering at the Caversham Court Gardens Kiosk since 2012, making it possible for bakers and baristas to serve the gardens to many visitors.

The role brought her some peace and contentment after her husband’s death and as a parting tribute Sue and Kiosk raised over £2,600 for the hospice that cared for him in his final days.

“I joined the kiosk after his death and took over its operation 10 years ago. It has been a wonderful role to take on, and very rewarding.

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“The gardens are very peaceful, and when the weather is nice it’s nice to see everything that’s going on in the river,” said Sue.

“The hospice staff took very good care of my husband during his stay and I wanted to find a way to show my appreciation for his care and support.

“Lots of friends, family and volunteers dedicate their time to baking each month, with some even providing two or three cakes a day.

“Most of the volunteers who spend their time baking and selling cakes have lost a family member or close friend to hospice, so there is a real sense of care and love for Sue Ryder, Duchess of Kent Hospice.”

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Last month was the most successful to date, with £640 raised in one weekend for Sue Ryder due to some fan favourites.

Chronicle Reading: A volunteer at the kioskA volunteer at the kiosk (Image: Sue Ryder)

“I made a lemon pie for the first time that seemed to go really fast, while apple pie always goes down well.

“Other favorites continue to be the coffee and walnut, the chocolate and the ever-loved Victoria sponge cake,” said Sue.

While Sue wants to keep interest in the tea shop and help out where she can, she is looking for someone to take over its general operation one weekend a month.

The team is eager to find someone who can manage the kiosk, organize the bakers, and make sure there are volunteers to sell the cakes and drinks.

Hannah Richards, Community Fundraising Manager for Sue Ryder in Thames Valley, said: “We are so grateful to Sue and her team for their unwavering dedication over the years and the huge donations they have given Sue Ryder. .

“Over the last eight years, they have raised nearly £22,000, enabling our care teams to carry out their vital work and support those at the end of their lives.

“We are very reliant on donations, and continued fundraisers like these mean a lot to the hospice.”

If you are interested in taking over the coordination of the kiosk, please visit or contact the hospice fundraising team by emailing [email protected]

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