Sheffield pals bake sweet treat for charity

Olivia Palfreyman and Sophie Manamani who will holding a tea party on March 30 at Trinity Church in Hillsborough in aid of the Alzheimer's Society after Sophie's grandad developed the condition and had to go into a care home. The event is to raise awareness of the disease''20  March  2013'Image � Paul David Drabble
Olivia Palfreyman and Sophie Manamani who will holding a tea party on March 30 at Trinity Church in Hillsborough in aid of the Alzheimer's Society after Sophie's grandad developed the condition and had to go into a care home. The event is to raise awareness of the disease''20 March 2013'Image � Paul David Drabble
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IT’S time to take tea – and all for one of the most worthy of causes.

Two keen bakers are putting their cake and biscuit-making skills to the test to raise money for Alzheimer’s Disease sufferers.

Sophie Manamani, aged 20, of Hillsborough, and her pal Olivia Palfreyman, 21, of Norton Lees, are throwing a big tea party where they will be serving up hundreds of sweet treats in return for donations.

The pair decided to organise the party as Sophie’s grandad Dennis, 80, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and needs to be looked after in a care home.

“Until you know someone who has Alzheimer’s, you can’t possibly know how hard it is,” said Sophie, who works at Napoleon’s Casino in Hillsborough.

“It affects everyone, not just the person who has it. It’s very hard to see someone like my grandad, with such a big personality and who was a big part of my childhood, turn into someone you hardly recognise.

“It’s like a light has gone out, he doesn’t know who I am now and that’s difficult to come to terms with, not just for me but for my whole family and everyone who was close to him.

“We all still have a giggle with my grandad - mainly we’re talking gibberish, but as long as I get to see him and he’s happy I don’t care what we talk about.”

Olivia, a technician at Wicker Pharmacy, will be taking the lead with the baking, and around 200 people are expected to attend the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on Saturday at Hillsborough Trinity Methodist Church from 11am.

“I’m making 48 cupcakes in total as well as a couple of cakes, and everyone else is bringing cakes and biscuits,” said Olivia.

On the menu will be cupcakes topped with icing and fresh strawberries, teapot-shaped biscuits, and an indulgent cake lined with chocolate fingers. Activities for kids include face painting, a magic show and a tombola.