Ahead of all the Easter events in North Wales still to come, there’s been plenty of anticipation and excitement for April this year and several youngsters from around the area have been dreaming big. Really big.
The guys at Bodnant Welsh Food have created what they call a ‘mega-egg’ which weighs in at an impressive 10 kilos and is roughly 60 times the size of your standard Easter egg you buy down the shop at the last minute. It wasn’t just for fun however as there’s a serious cause behind it all.
Ty Gobaith children’s hospice are set to benefit from the big effort from Baravelli’s of Conwy with the super egg set to go under the hammer (not literally) to help raise funds. Situated at the Bodnant Welsh Food centre, the egg has already brought in at least £560 for the revered charity which offers end-of-life care and respite to those who dearly need it.
After three days of exhausting work on the project, Mark Baravelli was delighted with his effort:
“We decided to create it from milk chocolate and edible colours, so first we had to find a mould that was big enough. Then we poured in the gold and red colours, followed by a layer of white chocolate and finally the milk chocolate. We had to do it in stages, each took about 30 minutes and then we had to leave it to set before adding the next layer,” he said.
“Finally we had to glue the two halves together with melted chocolate. The scary bit was transporting it – very carefully – from our chocolate workshop down the Conwy valley to Bodnant Welsh Foods. Although the egg was well wrapped up, we felt every bump, although the road has been recently re-surfaced. I was very relieved when we got it in through the doors at Bodnant safely.”
Fundraising Manager at Ty Gobaith, Sarah Kearsely-Wooller MBE said: “This giant egg is amazing – what a generous gift by Mark and everybody at Baravelli’s. I am also very grateful for the offer of a mini-treat for our young patients for Easter.
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Bodnant Welsh Food, with their support including acting as hosts for our sell-out clay pigeon shoot on May 21 as well as well as providing donations from the carrier bag charge.
“At Tŷ Gobaith – just 2.5 miles away – we are indebted to Bodnant Welsh Food for their continued commitment to our work at the hospice, caring for life threatened babies, children, young people and their families.
“We really enjoy working alongside the Bodnant Welsh Food team and will do, especially in 2014, when we are celebrating our 10th birthday.”
If you would like to help out at Ty Gobaith, please call: 01492 596 581