Thursday 11th April marked another red-letter day for the scholarship fund established in Harry’s memory when Matt’s colleagues at the Foreign Office in London, British Embassy in Moscow and British Consulate General in Ekaterinburg got together to organise a cake sale to raise money for the fund.
Busy bakers old and young, including Harry’s family and colleagues’ children, contributed a veritable feast ranging from Victoria sponge cake to home-made Pains au Chocolat, banana bread and old-fashioned ginger cake to lemon bars and brownies. A special ‘science’ cake was raffled in London. And colleagues in the Russia Network prepared local delicacies including Medovik honey cakes and Torte Napoleon.
With huge thanks to all the bakers, FCO and Embassy staff and their families who played such an active part, the event raised over ₽39,000 (£460) in the Russia Network and another £475 in London. It inspired much community and family togetherness and was a particularly apt way to honour Harry’s memory. He had become a big fan of ‘Bake Off’ in the months before his death, binge watching old episodes on catch-up TV – and then recreating recipes that caught his imagination (he was a gifted cook with an instinctive pallet).
The money raised will help other young people pursue their academic dreams and, we very much hope, contribute to not just deepening knowledge of human genetics, but also in time improving the health and wellbeing of ordinary people right across the world.
A photo gallery of the event is here: Harry’s Great British Diplomatic Bake Off
bassy in Moscow and British Consulate General in Ekaterinburg got together to organise a cake sale to raise money for the fund.