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GBBO’s Val & Louise are bowled over by Sherborne’s brilliant best bakes for bibic

On Saturday 28th October, many of Sherborne’s bakeries, bakers and businesses came together with Great British Bake Off 2016 contestants Val Stones and Louise Williams to host a very special ‘bake off’ for Somerset children’s charity bibic at Vida Comida.  To raise not only vital funds but also awareness about developmental difficulties and special needs many of the children and young people in this area struggle with.

Local businesses from across Somerset and Dorset donated incredible raffle prizes raising lots of money on the day; bakers donated freshly made sweet and savoury delights for all to enjoy and bibic bear had lots of fun meeting families and their children.

Fabulous ‘best bake’ entries filled Vida Comida from many of the local schools, including Thornford Primary, St Andrew’s Yetminster, The Park, Yeovil, Sherborne Prep and The Gryphon.

Primary Star Baker was awarded to Olivia Petherick, age 10 from Thornford Primary who wowed Val and Louise with a 5-tier piñata cake that spilled out with haribos and m&ms!  Secondary Star Baker went to Jocelyn Chappell from Sherborne Prep whose beautiful icing detail was simply stunning.  And winning the Adult category was Robert Allen who has just started The Cake Shelf café in Yeovil with his family – a lifelong dream.  Robert’s woodland themed cake was an absolute showstopper, leaving Val and Louise in awe of his creative talent.  Star Bakers won £30 Harts of Stur vouchers, a bibic Star Baker apron and bibic goodies.

Val said,

“Robert’s cake would have easily won Star Baker on the show last year.  It tastes amazing and it’s beautiful! Well done Robert, I know how many hours this would have taken you.

All the entries have been brilliant today, we’ve been so impressed with taste and style.  All the bakers should be so happy with what they’ve achieved.  We’ve loved being here with you all.”

Another poignant and particularly special award ‘The Matty Murray Baker Prize’ was presented to Gryphon School pupil Caitlin Else by Sherborne mum, Liz Burt, who donated an incredible £100 baking bundle prize in memory and celebration of her son Matthew Murray who was a pupil at The Gryphon.  Matthew would have celebrated his 32nd birthday on Saturday and he loved baking with his family, especially birthday cakes.

“Caitlin’s unicorn cake was delicious and a true Star Bake.  Caitlin is one talented baker, the Great British Bake Off had better watch out for her in future!  Her win was so well deserved.”

said Liz.

And Val’s colourful dancing gingerbread cake, made especially for the occasion, is still changing young lives with every slice, currently on sale in aid of bibic at Kafe Fontana in Sherborne.

Lynda Williams, chief executive officer for bibic said

“Thank you so much to everybody who has come to support us.  And to all the local businesses and individuals who have donated their valuable time and prizes for the raffle too – we are truly overwhelmed.

We know we’ve raised hundreds and hundreds, which for a small charity like us, means so much, we don’t have a total yet as money is still coming in!  These donations enable us to provide a much-needed service, identifying and assessing developmental conditions, enabling parents and the child to make sense of their difficulties.  And importantly, the therapy we provide gives them the skills and knowledge they need to manage better at home and in school.”

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