Roberts Bakery embarks on charity trip to Kenya

Two employees from Roberts Bakery have jetted off on a trip to Kenya in order to teach bread-making to youngsters at a local school.

Lindsay Occleston and Keith Birkett have travelled more than 4,000 miles to Egerton Primary School in Njoro, Kenya, taking with them baking tins, yeast and flour.

The school is partnered with Egerton Primary School in Knutsford, Cheshire, with the pair forming part of an 18-strong group of teachers and businesses who will be spending 12 days there, making improvements to the building, as well as teaching.

The school in Cheshire was established by Lord Wilbraham Egerton of the Tatton Estate in 1893, while his nephew Maurice Egerton founded the link school, in Kenya, in 1939. However it wasn’t until 2005 that the schools realised the other existed.

Occleston is also secretary of the Egerton Schools’ Foundation - a charity that aims to maintain a solid partnership between the two schools.

She said: "It is such a privilege to be part of this amazing project and to improve and enrich the lives of the children during our visit. We are excited about the bread making too and helping the children to learn a new skill in a really positive and enjoyable way."

Birkett added: "This will be the furthest our baking tins have ever travelled, so we are very enthusiastic about this epic project. We’re really looking forward to re-creating the bread-making experience for the children in Kenya that the pupils enjoyed so much in Cheshire."

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