Countdown to Safe in Sussex’s Gingerbread House competition begins

It is only eight weeks until charity Safe in Sussex's third Gingerbread House Fun Day

In previous years, local businesses and groups have taken part and this year it is open to everyone.

The event this year will be virtual and takes place on Friday, December 11.

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The last two years have been a great success with local companies and groups coming together for team bonding and festive fun whilst raising vital funds for the charity. This year due to COVID-19 plans have had to change with the introduction of a friends and family smaller gingerbread house decorating kit as well as the corporate competition.

Gingerbread Houses from last year’s competition attached for inclusion in editorial. The photo with the people is of Fay Millar, Brighton Cakes and Anna Dyda, Rayner IOL who won in 2019.

The Corporate/Groups Gingerbread Decorating Competition like previous years will continue with the winner getting the amazing Gingerbread House Decorating Competition Trophy for a year and having their Group/Business name engraved on it.

Fay Millar from Brighton Cakes who makes the gingerbread packs will be judging once again this year, along with another yet to be announced judge, as judging the amazing creations is a difficult task.

In previous years the gingerbread houses have been given to the refuges, but this year companies, groups and families will get to keep them and enjoy their creations to reduce the risk of possible infection.

In addition to the corporate competition, a smaller Gingerbread pack option has been designed so that individuals, couples and families can take part. There is no judging event, however Safe in Sussex will host a Gingerbread House Zoom event to allow people to show off their finished houses and enjoy some festive fun.

Debbie West, Community and Corporate Fundraiser for Safe in Sussex said: “Our annual Gingerbread House Decorating Competition has been well supported by local businesses and groups for the last two years raising funds and awareness for the work of Safe in Sussex. This year we were determined that despite the pandemic the event would go ahead. I am so grateful that Fay Millar has once again stepped up to the challenge to create and bake the gingerbread houses flat packs for the competition as well as for the families and friend’s option. Like many charities fundraising during a pandemic is a challenge and we hope that as many businesses, groups and families as possible will get involved to help us to continue to be there for those in our community who are impacted by domestic abuse.”

Safe in Sussex provides a range of services across West Sussex to help those experiencing or at risk of domestic abuse, with the overarching aim of ending domestic abuse through freedom and education. The Safe in Sussex charity has confidential refuge provision and a community refuge in Littlehampton.

To take part and find out more about the Gingerbread House Event email [email protected]