TV’s Cat Dresser attends first Swan Walk Summer Fete

JPCT 010613 S13230141x Horsham Swan Walk, Cake baking competition. Judges with finalist entries. Cat Dresser holds the winning cake with the trophy  -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT 010613 S13230141x Horsham Swan Walk, Cake baking competition. Judges with finalist entries. Cat Dresser holds the winning cake with the trophy -photo by Steve Cobb

Cakes were baked, faces were painted and model trains went on show at the first Swan Walk Summer Fete, held to support CHASE children’s hospice.

On Saturday June 1 and Sunday June 2 Swan Walk in Horsham was a hive of activity for the centre’s inaugural summer fete.

Families were invited to try their luck on hook a duck, hoopla and the lucky dip for the chance to win fantastic prizes and discounts from Swan Walk stores.

These included a vanity case and purse from Bags Etc, Gerry Weber goodies, £50 Crew Clothing voucher and gold earrings from F.Hinds.

Keen bakers were able to show off their skills by taking part in competition.

The very first Swan Walk Bake-Off asked entrants to make a eight inch round cake was assessed by three experienced judges - Swan Walk centre manager Gill Buchanan, Letitia Holder from the West Sussex County Times, and special VIP guest, Cat Dresser from The Great British Bake Off.

The ‘Cake Champions’ - first, second and third place prize winners - were announced at midday on Saturday, with the trophies being presented to the winners straight away.

Sue Watts won first prize with a fantastic coffee and walnut cake, and was also presented with a £50 gift voucher to spend at Swan Walk.

Once the judging was done, volunteers from Shooting Star CHASE charity ran a cake stall selling all of thecakes which had been entered into the competition.

The event raised £378 for the charity with volunteer John Hastings, of Horsham Friends of CHASE, commenting: “We sold out by lunchtime and received a lot of positive feedback from many regular supporters who admire the care Shooting Star CHASE provide to families living in this part of the world who have a life-limited child to look after.

“Our two children’s hospices at Guildford and Hampton and our Hospice at Home team are very dependent on the donations received from the general public so that we can continue to offer the full range of our services to families that need our help so we are very grateful to Swan Walk and the general public who supported us.”

Elsewhere in the shopping centre there were prize giveaways and games, while Horsham Model Railway Club set up a display in the unit between The Body Shop and Clintons, to appeal to the young and the young at heart.