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23rd November 2021

Festive cakes donated to raise funds

Staff at a county hospice were “delighted” to receive 35 elaborately iced Christmas cakes to be raffled, sold and auctioned for the charity’s care.

Three people stand together, socially distanced, holding elaborately iced Christmas cakes. They all wear face masks.

Members of the Wychavon and Stourport branches of The British Sugarcraft Guild donated the creative confections to the hospice in Wildwood Drive, Worcester.

Ann Newton, Chairperson of the Wychavon branch of the guild, said: “Each year, we join forces with our friends from the Stourport branch to produce some amazing cake designs to be auctioned and raffled for this very worthwhile cause.

“Some of our members have experienced first-hand the wonderful care St Richard’s provides for patients and families. We all feel it is a privilege to support the incredible work the hospice continues to do.”

The guild has donated iced cakes to St Richard’s every Christmas for 19 years, and in that time has helped raise a fantastic amount for its care.

Last year, organisations across Worcestershire were quick to claim a cake to raffle or auction in support of St Richard’s Hospice. Together, they raised £8,382 to help fund the charity’s services.

Businesses and organisations can now register their interest in raffling or auctioning a cake to raise funds for the charity.

The funds raised will help the hospice continue to care for patients with serious, progressive illnesses, their loved ones and bereaved people across Worcestershire.

Ria Simons, hospice fundraiser, said: “Each year, we look forward to the delivery of the guilds’ Christmas cakes with great excitement to see the incredible designs.

“We were especially delighted to find one cake in the shape of an elephant this year – a lovely reminder of the special summer we had with Worcester’s Big Parade.

“We are very grateful to the guild members for their wonderful support over so many years. We couldn’t do what we do without the support of the guild, and others like them who raise funds for our care in many, varied ways.”