Hull family bakery's desperate plea for help to survive

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 11 Mar 2019

A Hull bakery at the heart of the community it serves has launched a fundraising campaign in a bid to save its future.

The Bakers Oven, in Goodwin Parade, Walker Street, has been providing tasty treats to the Great Thornton Estate for more than two decades but now needs the help of the people it feeds.

The business, which was taken over by current owner Darren McBain around 18 months ago, also provides hot meals to the elderly, and £1 sandwich deals to ensure no one is left hungry.

Mr McBain said: “The lady who used to have the bakery had run it for about 20 years. When she left, I used almost every penny I had to buy it.

“I don’t run the bakery to make money. I serve £1 sandwiches, so no one can say it’s about the money. For me it has always been about serving the community and helping people.

Goodwin Parade, with The Bakers Oven on the right

“We supply hot meals for the elderly, the homeless and those in need, and we even have a tab book because we will never see someone go hungry.”

The bakery has now launched a Go Fund Me page, as it looks for help from the public to ensure it can keep trading.

Mr McBain said he originally bought the business to help him care for his brother, who suffered a head injury while serving in the Armed Forces.

“We used all our savings to buy the bakery, so we had a way down the line of paying the bills and I could still care for my brother.

Goodwin Parade in Hull

“While I was doing this, I made our little bakery a successful business. The main reason for this is we are in the middle of a very poor housing estate, and my food is good quality and very cheap.

“Unfortunately times have changed, and now I do worry we will not be able to keep trading.”

The fundraising appeal was launched on March 7.

The bakery is now hoping to raise £40,000, so it can remain open.

“We are a local, family business which is trying its best to help people,” Mr McBain said.

“I would be grateful for any help people can give – it would mean a lot to me and my family, and the rest of the community.”

You can support The Bakers Oven here .

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