GALLERY: Crafty cake makers get baking for charity

By Claire Dukes - 14 November 2018

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The Swindon Branch of the British Sugarcraft Guild are literally putting the icing on the cake this Christmas as they get baking for charity.

Each year the group bake and decorate cakes to give to charities over the Christmas period, which are often used in raffles or as prizes to raise money. This year the selected charities set to benefit from the festive cakes are CALM, Abbey House Milestone Trust, Swindon Therapy Centre for MS, and Prospect Hospice.

The Swindon branch's Secretary, Barbara Ellary, said: “Nothing says ‘I love you’ like someone making you a cake – anyone can go into the supermarket and buy one, but for someone to actually make you cake you’ve got to be special. It’s very personal."

The branch's chair, Alison Bingham, added: "People don’t realise how many hours people put in – the cakes are beautiful, but they take a long time. But if we didn’t love doing it, we wouldn’t."

First established in 1989 by Maria Carroll, the group now meet weekly at Moredon Community Centre and encourage bakers of all abilities to get involved. 

For further information about the Swindon Branch of the British Sugarcraft Guild visit their Facebook page

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