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Chocolatiers raffle giant Easter egg for St Oswald's

Sweet toothed visitors to Whitley Bay in the run up to Easter are in for a treat! Eden’s Café in Whitley Bay have created a giant chocolate Easter egg which is being raffled off for charity with the proceeds being donated to St Oswald’s.

The egg, made with the café’s own homemade Belgian dark chocolate, weighs between 18-20kg and took thirty five hours and five days worth of work to construct. It measures in at thirty inches tall and needed over six metres of cellophane and ribbon to wrap it. If melted, it would make around seven hundred cups of hot chocolate.

Having always been committed to charity work and their local community, café owners Rob and Janice Eden-Bagley first heard about St Oswald’s through the Great North Snowdogs campaign last year.

Janice explains:

“St Oswald’s first came to our attention due to Great North Snowdogs last year. We came across the fantastic sculptures when out walking and learned about the work the Hospice does. When we decided to raffle our chocolate egg, we thought the Hospice would be a worthy recipient.”

Janice’s husband Rob, a trained patisserie chef and chocolatier originally from Windsor, has made various chocolate concoctions over the years and is thrilled with the results of his latest effort. Rob said:

“We’ve created various chocolate eggs in the past and always raffled them off for a local charity. This year, because of our love of the Great North Snowdogs, we decided it had to be St Oswald’s who we raised money for. We’re thrilled to be involved and hope the raffle raises a lot for such a fantastic and worthwhile local charity.”

Natalie Santamera, Community Fundraiser at St Oswald’s, said:

“We’re thrilled that Eden’s Café have selected us as their chosen charity for this amazing raffle- this is definitely one for all of the chocoholics in the North East! We’re thrilled that Rob and Janice have spared time to make this brilliant chocolate Easter egg and we’re massively appreciative of the support they’ve shown to us. The fact the café wanted to fundraise for the Hospice shows the profound and lasting legacy of the Great North Snowdogs campaign. We look forward to raising lots of money and presenting the lucky winner with a delicious Easter present.”

If anyone wishes to buy a ticket and enter the raffle, they can do so by visiting Eden’s Café or the Whitley Bay St Oswald’s Charity Shop, both located on Park View. The competition closes on Wednesday 12th April with the winning prize being drawn on Thursday 13th April.