Sales reached 613 for Safe in Sussex’s 2020 Gingerbread House Fun!

Dec 21, 2020 | News

The charity Safe in Sussex’s 3rd Gingerbread House Fun Day reached a new level this year with sales of the houses soaring to 613 and raising about £3,500 for the charity.  The demand was so great the charity had to take a break in orders and ensure that all packs were safely delivered to the participants giving them 2 weeks to get creative with the gingerbread houses in time for the Fun on the 11th December.

In previous years, local businesses and groups have taken part, but this year the charity decided to create a second option in addition to the competition where families and friends could participate decorating a smaller house. The events this year were virtual with the business competition taking place during the day and an evening fun event taking place on Friday, 11th December.

The winner of the Corporate/Groups Gingerbread Decorating Competition this year was Janet Webb from Janet Web Consulting who said “I was absolutely delighted to win, and I very nearly didn’t enter at all because life is so busy at the moment! But I had such a good time last year, that at the last minute I changed my mind, and I was so glad I did because it’s such a delightful thing to take part in. But more importantly, the competition supports a charity that is close to my heart, for very personal reasons. Christmas can be pressured for anyone and for those living in difficult circumstances, this year has been particularly so and will continue to be so. I hope Safe in Sussex continues to be there for those who need it.” The House was inspired by Kintsugi or Kintsukuroi  which is the art of repairing broken pottery with silver or gold lacquer, thus making it more beautiful in its brokenness. We are all broken in one way or another; our wounds heal but the scars remain – sometimes hidden, sometimes not.  Safe in Sussex helps people to find a way through and to feel safe and whole again.

Second was Rayner IOL, who has won the last 2 years and Third was The Mumpreneur Networking Club.

14 businesses took part this year: Remedies by Ros, Rayner IOL, Kate Henwood Photography (who Safe in Sussex thank for the photos of the events and for  helping  with the technology on zoom), Mumpreneurs Networking Club, MNC UK, LMHR Consulting, Emma Nottage, Stanford Legal Services, Kreston Reeves, BMI Goring Hall, White Space Creative, JJ & H Accounting Services, Janet Webb Consulting and Family Law Partners) and beautifully handmade material Gingerbread Houses were given to the 3 winners. Made and donated by Noona’s Crafty Creations. Lincoln Noel, a pianist entertained the contestants whilst the judging was going on.

Fay Millar from Brighton Cakes who makes the gingerbread packs and Lesley Grove Williams, Safe in Sussex Trustee were the judges this year. Judging the amazing creations is a difficult task.

Fay Millar, Brighton Cakes said” It’s been an absolute hoot and pleasure once again working with Safe in Sussex to produce their gingerbread house kits. It’s been so amazing to see the creativity and imagination of everyone involved. We’ve loved every second of it and look forward to even bigger abs better gingerbread houses next year.”

In addition to the corporate competition, a smaller Gingerbread pack option was given so that individuals, couples and families can take part. There was no judging event, however Safe in Sussex hosted a Gingerbread Fun Zoom event to allow people to show off their finished houses and enjoy some festive fun.

In previous years the gingerbread houses have been given to the refuges, but this year companies, groups and families will get to keep them and enjoy their creations to reduce the risk of possible infection.  Extra gingerbread houses have been given to the women and children in the refuges for them to decorate and enjoy.

Debbie West, Community and Corporate Fundraiser for Safe in Sussex said


“Our annual Gingerbread House Decorating Competition has been well supported yet again, but this time not just by local businesses and groups but by individuals and families. They have helped us raise funds and awareness of the work of Safe in Sussex.  This year we were determined that despite the pandemic the event would go ahead.  I am so grateful that Fay Millar has once again stepped up to the challenge to create and bake the gingerbread houses flat packs for the event. Like many charities fundraising during a pandemic is a challenge and we are truly thankful that so many got involved to help us to continue to be there for those in our community who are impacted by domestic abuse.”


Lesley Grove Williams, a Safe in Sussex Trustee said “As a trustee of Safe in Sussex, I am delighted that so many people have joined us for our Gingerbread House fun this year, it was lovely opening up the fun to the public and also meeting all the businesses on zoom for the Decorating competition, some for the 3rd consecutive year. All funds raised are much needed. It has been an incredibly challenging year for us, with increased demand for our services because of lock down. We are therefore deeply grateful for all the support that this year’s participants have given us.”

Check out this year’s creations on their social media feeds. Just search SafeinSussex. Or use #SafeInSussexGingerbread #CharityGingerbread #GingerbreadFun #SafeInSussexGingerbreadHouse

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