Gingerbread House Decorating Competition

Jan 12, 2020 | News

Thursday 12 December 2019
Gingerbread House Decorating Competition

Safe in Sussex held their annual Gingerbread House Decorating Competition.​

The day was a great success and competition was fierce, the houses were truly amazing. Fay Millar, Brighton Cakes who judged the Houses said “The quality of entries this year for the Safe in Sussex gingerbread competition was phenomenal. Every single house had some amazing decorations and it was really hard to choose a winner. I am so impressed with the imagination and quality of the entrants and look forward to seeing them raise the bar even higher next year.”

The competition saw double the number of entrants from last year, with some companies that couldn’t take part making a donation to the charity. It wasn’t just businesses that entered the competition, independent business people and community organisations such as Adur East Lions entered too.

The winner this year was Rayner IOL from Worthing who also won last year.  Worthing based AM Trophies, donated the amazing trophy last year. So Rayner IOL will have their name engraved on it for the 2nd time.

This year Safe in Sussex are going to look at giving more than one trophy, with different categories including the inspiration behind the houses.

The team bonding and festive fun was very much apparent this year. Inside Worthing got their inspiration for their entry from local children at the South Farm Road Christmas event and Kreston Reeves once again held an internal competition to find out who would represent them at the competition.

The gingerbread houses were given to the women and children at the refuges and the families who are helped through Outreach Support. This year a total of £811 was raised from the competition, which will help fund refuge provision.

Debbie West, Community Fundraiser for Safe in Sussex said “The Gingerbread House competition is a fun way for businesses and groups to support the vital work of Safe in Sussex.  We were truly impressed with the creativeness and standard of the entries and plan to build on the success of this event.  As a charity we rely on the goodwill of the community, as we constantly need to raise funds to provide services which enable people to recover from and live free from domestic abuse.  This year we plan to hold our second Shocking Shirts and Funky Frocks Day on 26th June and also a Mad Hatters Tea Party, details of these events will be on our website

If you want to put your name down to join in the festive fun in 2020, please email for more details.

We would like to thank all the groups/businesses that supported us this year, they were English Martyrs Catholic Church, Brighton Cakes, Raynor IOL, Inside Worthing, Nutley’s Kitchen Gardens, Janet Webb Consulting, Coop South Road, The Focus Group, Expert Virtual Assistance, CommPoint, Nadarra Cosmetics, Adur East Lions, MHA Carpenter Box, Kreston Reeves, Auditel, Natwest, and EJ Moyle.

Safe in Sussex offers advice, support, refuge, awareness and education for women, children and young people across West Sussex.  The charity has confidential refuges and a community refuge in Littlehampton.

The refuges are for women and children who flee domestic violence. The refuges are a place where women can feel safe and be given the vital support they need, both practical and emotional.

Here at Safe in Sussex we aim to increase the awareness and stop the cycle of domestic abuse in West Sussex.

We also have a Countrywide Outreach service for men and women, we facilitate support groups for women in the community and we provide healthy relationship education programmes for Primary and Secondary schools in West Sussex.


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