Staff pile on the pounds for Rory
Radio 4 newsreaders, weather forecasters and announcers have been sweetening up their colleagues to raise funds in memory of Rory Morrison.
A New Broadcasting house sale of their home-baked cakes - including Sian Williams' box of brownies and Alex Deakin's mocha special - raised more than £1700 for the WMUK charity.
The Radio 4 announcer/presenter, who died last month, had close ties to the charity which acts as a contact point for patients of Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia - a rare type of cancer - and their doctors.
Presentation's Moy McGowan, who organised the sale, praised those who had baked and bought the cakes.'Grunge' cake
'I was especially touched and impressed by the input from the weather forecasters,' she admitted. 'Alex Deakin made a glorious mocha cake, Helen Willetts made two sticky ginger cakes and Nick Miller baked a ginger cake with intricate lemon icing.'
There were contributions from Radio 4 newsreaders Kathy Clugston and Jim Lee, as well as from Alan Smith, who made his mum's recipe Cumbrian fruitcake.
'Chris Aldridge [senior announcer] made the charmingly titled 'Grunge',' laughs Moy, 'which is apparently something of a family tradition.'
Special mention was reserved for newsreader Susan Rae, Moy's co-organiser, who baked 'a ton of heavenly brownies, two walnut and coffee sponges and two raspberry and white chocolate ganache cakes'.
She also helped cajole the generous folk of Radio 4 Presentation, Radio 4 Extra, News and Comedy - the departments Rory worked across - into forgetting their diets for the day and splashing out on slabs of cake for the good cause.Lasting tribute
Rory, who joined the BBC in 1990, died at the age of 48, having been diagnosed with Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia in 2004.
The WMUK said it was now considering a lasting tribute to the broadcaster, possibly in the form of a WM patient industry to aid research and medical trials.
Rory's Radio 4 colleagues have previously raised funds in his name for the Lymphoma Association (Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia is a rare form of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma).
They took part in a 2008 sponsored walk on the South Downs to the original home of the Greenwich Time Signal in what became known as the 'Pilgrimage to the Pips'.