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Lynn Sugarcraft members have been busy baking, icing and decorating around 70 individual cakes to give elderly isolated people in the borough a brighter - and very tasty - Christmas.

The colourful cakes will be distributed by West Norfolk Befrienders and were collected this week by the Befrienders' chief executive Pippa May.

Sugarcraft members have been baking cakes for the elderly and lonely since 1988, starting initially by teaming up with the Salvation Army.

King's Lynn Sugarcraft Club presenting Christmas Cakes to West Norfolk Befriending at North Wootton Village Hall.Val Gooding from the Sugarcraft Club (front second right) hands over the cakes to Pippa May chief executive West Norfolk Befriending, (front far right) and are joined by other club members.
King's Lynn Sugarcraft Club presenting Christmas Cakes to West Norfolk Befriending at North Wootton Village Hall.Val Gooding from the Sugarcraft Club (front second right) hands over the cakes to Pippa May chief executive West Norfolk Befriending, (front far right) and are joined by other club members.

Founder member, Val Gooding, said that on average they have donated 50 cakes each year and last year, while in lockdown, pulled out all the stops and increased the number to 70.

"We were determined to do the same this year," said Val.

West Norfolk Befrienders is an organisation that aims to reduce social isolation by providing a link to the outside world for the lonely. It matches its trained volunteers to isolated older people who they visit on a regular basis.

King's Lynn Sugarcraft Club cakes
King's Lynn Sugarcraft Club cakes

With Christmas often a particularly difficult time for the lonely, the Sugarcraft cakes will give them a festive - and tasty - gift.

The Sugarcraft group had to stop meeting during the Covid lockdowns but they are now getting together again on a monthly basis at a new venue at North Wootton Village Hall.

Val said: "We have demonstrations and workshops and our next meetings are planned for January 17, February 7 and March 7."

King's Lynn Sugarcraft Club cakes
King's Lynn Sugarcraft Club cakes
King's Lynn Sugarcraft Club cakes
King's Lynn Sugarcraft Club cakes
King's Lynn Sugarcraft Club cakes
King's Lynn Sugarcraft Club cakes
King's Lynn Sugarcraft Club cakes
King's Lynn Sugarcraft Club cakes
King's Lynn Sugarcraft Club cakes
King's Lynn Sugarcraft Club cakes


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