Warrens Bakery has generously provided the Cornish pasties for the ROC 5K charity fun run every year since the event was first established nearly 4 years ago. However, this year the company have increased their support even beyond the provision of 700 pasties for runners and volunteers to which it is already committed.

With race day just a few days away, Warrens Bakery in Redruth recently hosted a team of people supported by ROC who are showing real aptitude for the world of work and making strong progress on the charity’s Work2Work employment pathway. Local staff showed them how they bake pasties in store and prepare them for sale.

People holding pasties

This year Warrens Bakery is to enter their own team of runners for the ROC 5K, wearing their own #poweredbypasties t-shirts. They will be supported by colleagues throughout the Warrens Bakery store network and cheered on by other team members volunteering as marshals. Customers are also being invited to boost their fundraising efforts through in store collections.

Olga Grieves, area manager for Cornwall and North Devon, said: "We are delighted not just to provide Cornish pasties for the ROC 5K again this year but to extend our support for this worthwhile charity in other areas. With 52 shops in Devon and Cornwall, my colleagues and I really look forward to getting involved and seeing just how much money we can raise."

The ROC 5K, which has a brand new route this year, is taking place from Truro’s Lemon Quay after work on Tuesday 27th June. With more than 500 participants registered already, the organisers hope for a record turnout. The event supports vulnerable local people with learning disabilities.

Mark Dolton from ROC Wellbeing said: "We’re really grateful for the continuing support of Warren’s Bakery. The ROC 5K is a wonderful community occasion with the core purpose of helping support local people with learning disabilities. That said, having completed their 5K run, everyone really looks forward to a delicious Warrens Bakery pasty."

The ROC 5K is the major source of support for ROC Welcome, a vibrant social club for people with learning disabilities, which is based in Truro. ROC Welcome is part of United Response, a national disability charity that works with people with learning disabilities and mental health needs. The club is probably the largest of its kind in the county and is entirely dependent on charitable donations.

While Truro’s Lemon Quay piazza remains the start and finish point, the new route of this year’s ROC 5K fun run takes in the Newham side of the Truro River and the historic city centre including the Cathedral, the Royal Cornwall Museum and The Leats. People of all abilities can run, jog or walk the ROC 5K. The minimum age to participate is 11.

As part of the entry fee, participants receive a high quality, technical running shirt to wear on race day – plus a bottle of beer or apple juice and, of course, a delicious Warrens Bakery pasty to enjoy ahead of prize giving.