A TALENTED mum has come up with a tasty way to help a poorly youngster.
Hartlepool woman Emma Bruce, 30, took up cake-decorating six months ago and has found she has quite a flare for turning cakes into masterpieces.
She has made this impressive Christmas fruit cake, complete with Santa and Rudolph and a Christmas tree, which she is raffling off in aid of Blackhall two-year-old Bradley Lowery.
The youngster is battling rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma and a fundraising target of £500,000 has been set for treatment overseas, should he suffer a relapse.
Emma, who is mum to Connor, seven, and Liam, two, and lives in the Rift House area of Hartlepool, said: “I went to Wellfield School in Wingate with Bradley’s parents Gemma and Carl.
“It’s really sad, I have got a little boy the same age and every time I look at him I think that little Bradley is in hospital and I wonder how he’s doing.”
Emma, who works part-time at Hartlepool Voluntary Development Agency (HVDA), said she took up cake-decorating earlier in the year with Kimberley’s Cake Kitchen on the Headland, and it was something she had always been interested in.
“I really wanted to know how to cover a cake, but then as I have gone on, I love it, and I do cakes for people I know,” added Emma, whose partner is Ryan Grocott, 28.
She said it would be a shame to cut up the 8in sq cake, which contains nuts, or give it away, so she thought she would raffle it to help Bradley.
Emma is selling tickets at £1 a strip and they are available from her and from Cafe Yum Yum in Hardwick Street, Blackhall, and also the In The Mix cake stall in Hartlepool’s Indoor Market.
The raffle will be drawn on Saturday, December 21 and there will be cakes as second and third prizes.
To find out more, call Emma on 07850 865023.