Two-Wheeled Gingerbread Raises £400 For Cancer Care!

Posted on November 6, 2014

A bespoke biscuit bike, baked in honour of Yorkshire’s Grand Depart, has helped raise hundreds of pounds for terminally ill cancer patients.

Lottie Shaw is donating a percentage of all of her limited edition, chocolate-topped gingerbread bike, sold at farm shops during and after the Grand Depart weekend, to Marie Curie Cancer Care, one of the official charity partners for the Tour de France and organizers of the Power Peleton. The fantastic grand total was £400.

The speedy snacks were hand finished at Lottie Shaw’s bakery in Elland – with an experienced team of finishers sifting through hundreds of tubes of Smarties to pick out the yellow sweets – the iconic colour of Le Tour – for the wheels!

“Our chief finishers spent several hours working their way through 8,000 yellow Smarties to decorate our gingerbread bikes!” says Lottie Shaw, who’s famous for her Seriously Good Yorkshire Parkin. “But it was all for a brilliant cause. Everyone has been touched by cancer and it’s wonderful to be able to offer just a little bit of help to such a worthy charity.” She continued, ‘this would not have been possible without support from all the fantastic independent retailers we work with in the Yorkshire region, so thanks must go to them too.’

All the proceeds of the gingerbread bike sales will go towards the charity’s work, which includes home visits by nurses and hospices for people with life-limiting illnesses, as well as medical and scientific research.

Sharon Link, fundraising manager at Marie Curie’s Bradford Hospice, said:

‘We’d like to say a really big thank you to Lottie Shaw’s for supporting Marie Curie, the official charity of the Grand Depart, through sales of its gingerbread bike. The money raised will directly support patients and families who are cared for either in the Marie Curie Hospice, Bradford or by one of our dedicated Marie Curie Nurses in someone’s own home. All our services are completely free of charge and we couldn’t continue to do it without the generous support of local businesses like Lottie Shaw’s.”