News from The Kings of Wessex Academy

Rio bakes for a charity close to his heart

8th March, 2018 by Jude Owens

Year 9 student Rio Brigden showed he is not only a very talented baker, but also a big hearted baker when he donated his cake from the Design Technology Department Christmas Cake Competition to raise money for the Children’s Hospice South West charity.

Rio loves baking and likes creating different styles and unique flavours, which combines with his love of art that helps him be even more creative. This was evident in his stunning cake creation of an icy winter scene topped with a glass globe containing a Father Christmas – all of which were deliciously edible (apart from the globe, of course!).

Rio wanted to participate in the Christmas Bake Off in order to push himself to do something he loves and his Teacher of Food Technology Miss Beacham is so encouraging that he really enjoys his lessons.

Rio and his fellow bakers began work on their cake project back in October, and every week they developed another stage of the cake until the final week of the all-important icing. Every baker knows the icing on the cake is the final flourish and Rio’s design was both unique and stunning.

Pleased as he was with his finished cake Rio made the generous decision to raffle it to raise money for a charity close to his heart, raising a wonderful £70. Rio chose the Children’s Hospice South West because they supported him and his family when his brother Ellis was poorly and where he sadly passed away. Based in Bristol, the Children’s Hospice South West is a beautiful place to be for terminally ill children and provides respite for their families, allowing them “to forget their worries for a while and concentrate on sharing treasured memories together.” Rio hopes they will continue to support other families and children like his brother Ellis.

Rio was presented in an assembly with a certificate from Children’s Hospice South West who thanked him for his “incredible gift” and quoted a mum who said:

“It’s the little things which make a big difference, I get to sleep all through the night for a change and mealtimes are together as a family. We have come to regard the hospice as a second home, a place where the whole family can relax and leave behind the stresses of everyday life.”

Miss Beacham said:

“I am so proud of Rio for being so caring in donating his wonderful Christmas cake to this special charity in memory of his brother Ellis. I am sure he will continue to enjoy baking and create such fabulous cakes for everyone to enjoy. Well done Rio!”