Baker’s sweet gesture for St Catherine’s Hospice’s birthday appeal

AWARD-WINNING BAKER: Andrea Ousby is whipping up a treat for the hospice
AWARD-WINNING BAKER: Andrea Ousby is whipping up a treat for the hospice
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AN award-winning baker and cake decorator is using her talents to support St Catherine’s Hospice with a bespoke confectionery creation for their 30th birthday celebration next month.

Andrea Ousby, who owns and runs Celebration Cakes and Sugar Craft from her Freckleton home, has designed an extra special cake which will be cut at the hospice’s 30th anniversary thanksgiving service on April 29 - 30 years to the day since day care first began at St Catherine’s.

Last month Andrea scooped gold and silver in the wedding cake category of the Cake International competition held at Event City in Manchester - the first contest of its kind she had ever entered.

When her accountant Tom Boardman read the news he got in touch to pass on his congratulations - and told Andrea about the Give A Gift campaign currently being run by St Catherine’s in partnership with the Lancashire Evening Post.

The appeal is centred around 30 things the hospice would like the community’s help with in 2015, and one of the items on the list is an extra special 30th birthday cake.

Andrea said: “Tom asked if I’d be interested in making a cake for St Catherine’s and I said I’d be delighted to! I have put together a unique design which I will bake and decorate for the official 30th anniversary next month.

“The colour scheme is green and white, there will be three sponge tiers and it will be decorated with handcrafted sugar butterflies - the well-known and well-loved symbol of the hospice.

“I have worked for years in my kitchen with the saying ‘Life is not measured by the amount of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away’ pinned to cupboard. It seems like an appropriate message to have on the cake too.”

Tom, from Penwortham, said he too was backing the hospice’s Give A Gift campaign and would be making a donation to cover the cost of a lock box – another of the items on the 30th birthday gift list. The box provides vital protection to the syringe drivers.

The cake will be displayed in all its glory at the hospice’s 30th anniversary service of thanksgiving, which will welcome supporters past and present who have been crucial in the founding and development of the charity over the years.

Andrea said “It’s nice to be able to help such a good cause and do something special for St Catherine’s,”

For more information about the Give A Gift campaign and how you, your business, school or organisation can get involved visit www.stcatherines.co.uk, email giveagift@stcatherines.co.uk or call 01772 695290.