Great British Bake Off finalist puts £700 icing on cake for Jessie May

By Swindon Link - 20 February 2019

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A local charity found out that you can have your cake and eat it too - whilst drinking cocktails and fundraising to the tune of more than £700 at the same time.

  • Chelsie and Briony with Helen from Jessie May

    Chelsie and Briony with Helen from Jessie May

More than 230 people came together to eat cake and drink cocktails to set a new world record for 'The most number of people eating cake and drinking cocktails at one time' in aid of Swindon-based charity Jessie May.

Organised by Briony May, The Great British Bake Off 2018 semi finalist, and Chelsie Bailey, Bacardi Legacy finalist, the fundraiser and world record attempt raised £735 for the charity.

Bristolian Briony, 34, who is also running the Bath Half Marathon to boost funds for Jessie May next month, said: “Myself and Chelsie are absolutely thrilled with how the record attempt went. It was so much fun and we raised a whopping £735 for Jessie May on the night.”

The Horfield baker added: “We had 237 people all eating a slice of cake then drinking their Rum Reverie cocktail made by the very talented Chelsie. We want to say a massive thank you to everyone who came along to support this wonderful charity.”

The world record attempt took place earlier this week at The Gloucester Old Spot in Bristol, to boost funds for the children’s hospice at home charity, whose nurses support local families caring for a terminally ill child. 

Helen Mackie, Senior Community Events Fundraiser at Jessie May, said: “What a night and what an incredible fundraising event. It was wonderful to see so many people come together in support of Jessie May.

"The Gloucester Old Spot was absolutely buzzing and we were able to catch up with supporters before devouring the cake and cocktails being served ready for the world record attempt. Of course, the cake and cocktails were delicious; but we never doubted that!

“Jessie May Nurses are currently supporting 65 families across the Bristol area through vital respite care, emotional support, end of life and bereavement support. We rely heavily on fundraising events like this to ensure we can continue to offer our services to local families caring for a terminally ill child, and that no family ever has to wait for support.

“We would like to say a huge thanks to everyone involved in making last night possible, including Briony May, Chelsie Bailey and The Gloucester Old Spot for hosting.”

Briony May was collecting donations through her Bath Half fundraising on the night. You can donate via her online fundraising page at

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