Cumbrian chef gets baking to help a local charity support the community during Covid-19 and beyond

Multi-award-winning head chef Nina Matsunaga from the Black Bull, Sedbergh, has decided to roll up her sleeves and get her bake on to help raise funds for a local charity to be able to help support those in need.

Ordinarily Nina would be busy baking bread on a daily basis to keep her two businesses the Black Bull and Three Hares Café supplied, but in light of the current exceptional circumstances both businesses are closed in line with government restrictions and are not trading.

After a little time taking stock and thinking how best to use her skills and above all else keen to do something to help the local community during the current situation Nina decided to dust off apron and utilise her baking skills to create a range of fresh breads that people would be able to buy locally.

Nina will initially be baking a selection of healthy artisan made sourdough, wholemeal and rye breads, which will be available to buy from Powell’s Green Grocers, Main Street, Sedbergh, two days a week on Tuesday and Saturday.

All of the money raised from bread sales will then be donated to the Sedbergh United Charities Fund to assist those in need locally during the current health crisis and beyond.

Sedbergh United Charities, a local charity, provides assistance to residents of the Parish of Sedbergh for a variety of reasons; including those who find themselves in need of financial assistance.

Nina Matsunaga, co-owner of the Black Bull commented: ‘’We are all faced with significant problems at the moment and none of us quite knows how the current situation is going to unfold. But despite this I wanted to try and put something back into the place I live. Sedbergh is all about community, a community that has wholeheartedly supported my businesses and in turn my family. As a result I decided I would utilise my skills and give a little something back to help out during the current crisis and hopefully beyond, which is why all of the proceeds from the bread I make and is sold at Powell’s will be donated to Sedbergh United Charities to provide them with additional funds to support vulnerable members of the local community longer term.’’