Staff at the Chichester depot of Covers Timber and Builders Merchants recently took part in its ‘berry’ own Bake Off competition on Monday 20 October.

The team got into the Mary Berry spirit of things in aid of local charity, St. Wilfred’s Hospice, to raise much-needed funds for this specialist end of life care service, for local people in Chichester and the surrounding areas.

The array of baked goods were sold in-store at Covers Home Ideas and Covers Trade Centre, after the ever-important judging took place by actor and St. Wilfred’s patron, Christopher Timothy.

Mr Timothy chose the five tastiest looking cakes and, after much sampling and deliberation, picked Melissa Whiting as the winner, who made a colourful, rainbow cake. Ms Whiting, who was presented with her trophy from Mr Timothy, said: “I’m thrilled to have won the Great Covers Bake Off. I take pride and time in my baking, so this means a lot to me. It was great to meet Christopher Timothy and raise some money for this fantastic, local charity.”

So far Covers has raised £1,002 for St. Wilfred’s Hospice.

Ben Gale, marketing manager for Covers, said: “St. Wilfred’s is such an important charity for people in the Chichester area. We wanted to help raise much-needed funds for them, and as baking is so popular at the moment, it seemed like the best way to have fun with the team and raise money. I’d like to say thank you to the team who got involved and also to Christopher for taking time to judge our Great Covers Bake Off.”