From left, community bereavement worker, Caroline Ash, targeted services manager, Kelly Burke, and Isle of Wight County Press editor, Alan Marriott.
THOSE with a sweet tooth are being urged to come up with cake-related fundraising ideas to help the YMCA continue an important counselling service for grieving Isle of Wight youngsters.
The YMCA Fairthorne Group needs £130,000 a year to run its Children’s Bereavement Service and it hopes its fun fundraising idea, The Great Island Cake Off, can provide a big slice of that.
The Great Island Cake Off, sponsored by the County Press, will start on Saturday, November 16.
It will culminate in a baking competition on Saturday, November 23, at Winchester House, Shanklin, with a top chef as the judge.
The organisers have come up with other ideas on how people can take part in the event:
• Hold a cake sale, with everyone bringing a cake to sell, perhaps at work, school, home or in a community venue.
• Host a coffee morning at home.
• Arrange a cake break at your workplace. Ask colleagues to bring in cake, and make a small donation to try each others’ offerings.
Cafes are also being urged to help, with a donation of a percentage of cake sales to running a competition or having a collection box.
The Children’s Bereavement Service, based at Winchester House, Shanklin, was launched in 2010 with £457,000 lottery funding.
It offers one-to-one support and information for youngsters aged up to 19 and their families, provided by five clinically-trained staff, five core staff and a host of volunteers.
There are an estimated 400 Island children and young people who experience bereavement each year.
The service’s Big Lottery funding is due to run out in January.
Kelly Burke, targeted services manager at the YMCA, said: "I hope the community can help us by organising cake-related events. Everybody loves cake so it could be anything from cake sales and coffee mornings to cake fights.
"Before the service was established, there was nothing specifically available for youngsters and absolutely nothing for the under-fives.
"We give them as much time as they need. We all deal with grief in different ways but a four-year-old does not have the experience an older person has. Unresolved grief can lead to all sorts of problems later in adult life."
• Anyone wishing to support the event can complete the coupon at the link below and return to it the address provided.
Fundraising packs are available from the YMCA, on 01983 861072, or visit www.ymca-fg.org/locations/cake