Wimbledon Chef Raises £4,500 for NHS in 24-hour Bake-a-thon

Rebecca Marshman-Romdeau, Bakeathoon

A Wimbledon chef has served up thousands of cakes for NHS workers after completing a 24-hour bake-a-thon to raise £4,500 to help marine life. Rebecca Marshman-Romdeau, who is Head Pastry Chef at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, made around 3,500 treats for the Royal Marsden, Great Ormond Street and Epsom hospitals.

The former Westminster Kingsway College culinary arts apprentice is donating all the proceeds to the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth. She hopes to raise £10,000 – the costs of running the aquarium for one day.

Rebecca, 27, said: “It was so exhausting. I had a lot of fizzy caffeine drinks to keep me going because I don’t drink coffee. It was hard but it was so worth it because it was for two great causes.”

The aquarium is the largest in the country and has already lost £1.1m in income since the closing because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Rebecca said: “I have visited the aquarium with my godson, Lennon. It is one of his favourite places, and to think it may close is so sad for him and other children.

“The aquarium also does so much for the environment, trying to protect the ocean and keep the sea clean. which is important to me and something I am very passionate about.”

Rebecca won Apprentice of the Year from Craft Guild Of Chefs aged 16 and completed her apprenticeship in 2011.

She has gone on to bake for royalty and celebrities including Great British Bake Off star Mary Berry and singer Katherine Jenkins.

On her training, she said: “Doing my apprenticeship at WestKing was the best thing for me. It meant I could learn and be on the job. I just loved it. 

“My teachers were always pushing me to be the best I could be, not only as a chef but as a person too.”

Find out more and donate at Rebecca’s JustGiving page.

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