Award-winning chef Nina Matsunaga has turned to baking to raise funds and support those in need during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Nina Matsunaga, co-owner of the Black Bull pub in Sedbergh, Cumbria, is baking a selection of artisan-made sourdough, wholemeal and rye breads.

All the money raised from sales is being donated to the Sedbergh United Charities Fund to assist those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

The range of fresh bread will be available to buy two days a week on Tuesday and Saturday from a greengrocers in the town.

“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,” said Matsunaga.

Both her businesses, the Black Bull and Three Hares Café, are currently closed and not trading, in line with government restrictions.

“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 Powells will be donated to Sedbergh United Charities to provide them with additional funds to support vulnerable members of the local community longer term.”

Sedbergh United Charities provides assistance to residents of the Parish of Sedbergh, including those who need financial assistance.