By Miriam Raftery
April 7, 2017 (Ramona) –Joanne Bennett and her daughter, Paige Duffy, have a passion for baking authentic English pastries, from classics with a modern twist to a lemon curd recipe dating back over 100 years from the family’s roots on London’s east side. Together, the mother-daughter duo opened their London Bakery in Ramona (632 Main St.) with the slogan “food fit for a Queen.”
Both have been stricken with major medical conditions and are facing healthcare staggering bills as they struggle to keep their business open. So an employee has organized a fundraiser tomorrow at the bakery from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The public is urged to stop in, buy some goodies, and if possible, make a donation.
The very day they opened their doors last September, Paige suddenly lost feeling in her fingers and toes. She was diagnosed with a paralyzing condition, Guillain-Barre syndrome and wound up hospitalized, then in a nursing car, 10 News reportse. Now recuperating in a wheelchair, she’s awaiting foot surgery.
Through the ordeal, her mother kept the bakery open, much to the delight of Ramona residents and visitors who came for delicious baked goods as well as high teas.
But then Joanne was diagnosed with cervical cancer. She’s gone through chemotherapy and radiation , yet never missed a single day at the bakery. Now her treatment is over and she hopes for a fresh start—once she can overcome the financial hardships.
Ana Bracamonte, the shop’s manager, says Bennett is a “wonderful person” who “look out for other people.”
Now Bracamonte is hoping to raise some “dough” to help the bakery owners. Her goal is to bring in $10,000 from people who stop in on Saturday, or donate online on their crowdfunding page.
You can visit the London Bakery on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/The-London-Bakery-604094346286645/ or feast your eyes on their scrumptious cakes, pies, cupcakes, scones, gourmet jams and more at http://www.eatlondonbakery.com/.