On Gingerbread House Day, the 12th December, local charity Safe in Sussex held their annual Gingerbread House Decorating Competition.
The day was a great success and competition was fierce, the houses were truly amazing. Fay Millar, Brighton Cakes who judged the Houses said “The quality of entries this year for the Safe in Sussex gingerbread competition was phenomenal. Every single house had some amazing decorations and it was really hard to choose a winner. I am so impressed with the imagination and quality of the entrants and look forward to seeing them raise the bar even higher next year.”
The competition saw double the number of entrants from last year, with some companies that couldn’t take part making a donation to the charity. It wasn’t just businesses that entered the competition, independent business people and community organisations such as Adur East Lions entered too.
The winner this year was Rayner IOL from Worthing who also won last year. Worthing based AM Trophies, donated the amazing trophy last year. So Rayner IOL will have their name engraved on it for the 2nd time.
This year Safe in Sussex are going to look at giving more than one trophy, with different categories including the inspiration behind the houses.
The team bonding and festive fun was very much apparent this year. Inside Worthing got their inspiration for their entry from local children at the South Farm Road Christmas event and Kreston Reeves once again held an internal competition to find out who would represent them at the competition.
The gingerbread houses were given to the women and children at the refuges and the families who are helped through Outreach Support. This year a total of £811 was raised from the competition, which will help fund refuge provision.
Debbie West, Community Fundraiser for Safe in Sussex said “The Gingerbread House competition is a fun way for businesses and groups to support the vital work of Safe in Sussex. We were truly impressed with the creativeness and standard of the entries and plan to build on the success of this event. As a charity we rely on the goodwill of the community, as we constantly need to raise funds to provide services which enable people to recover from and live free from domestic abuse. This year we plan to hold our second Shocking Shirts and Funky Frocks Day on 26th June and also a Mad Hatters Tea Party, details of these events will be on our website www.safeinsussex.org “