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Olympians cook up a stir in town centre

Kaydon Fogg from Chorley buys a  cup cake from Olympic Gold Medallist Pete reed for BBC Children In Need

Kaydon Fogg from Chorley buys a cup cake from Olympic Gold Medallist Pete reed for BBC Children In Need

Some of Britain’s top athletes were causing a stir in Chorley as they battled it out for a Team GB Cake Bake Challenge.

Double Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington, double gold medallist rower Peter Reed, swimmer Keri-Anne Payne and boxer Anthony Ogogo served up a few surprises for a feature for the One Show for Children in Need.

Rachael Calver, Dominic Barker and Michael Brindley from the Homestart charity teamed with boxer Ogogo and swimmer Payne to be on the red team.

The kids had an early start at 7am when they were taken to Preston College to bake the cakes with the help of the tutors.

After a couple of hours of frantic cooking they dashed to the town centre on Tuesday afternoon as they tried to sell as many fairy cakes as they could.

Carole Lee, one of the organisers at Homestart, said: “It was fantastic for the children as they have all risen to the challenge.

“They have had to develop confidence by working with the Olympians and selling the cakes.

“All of them have been made to feel like celebrities with the filming for the television.

“Apart from that it is fantastic exposure for the charity as we are always looking for volunteers to help us.

“Chorley has got a lot of Olympians so it is great to see more here.”

Rebecca Adlington was delighted to help out the good cause.

She said: “It is great to see so many people coming down here to spend their money on the cakes.

“Some people just put money in the buckets even though they did not want to buy the cakes.

“The people of Chorley have just been so kind.”

Meanwhile her rival, Anthony Ogogo, who was on the red team, said: “It was great to work with these young kids.

“It opened my eyes to things a bit and I learned a lot from being with them especially their confidence in selling the cakes.”

One of the interested spectators was Graham Archer, of St Michael’s Close in Chorley.

He said: “It is brilliant to see so many people turning out and it has created a bit of a buzz.

“Chorley is in need of this kind of publicity and we could do with more big names here.”

If you want to find out who won the Team GB Bake-off then tune into the One Show on Friday night.

 

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