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Christmas cake decoration demonstration in aid of Howth RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Last Thursday (10 November 2016) Garry Wickham from the Sutton branch of SuperValu gave a Christmas cake decoration demonstration in Howth Yacht Club to raise over €900 in aid of Howth RNLI.

Carol-Ann Goggin and Barbara Sargent at the Christmas Cake decoration demonstration in aid of Howth RNLI.

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Carol-Ann Goggin and Barbara Sargent at the Christmas Cake decoration demonstration in aid of Howth RNLI.

Mr. Wickham gave the audience top tips on the best way to prepare the perfect base for creating a stunning Christmas cake. He answered questions, talked about his experiences decorating cakes and described his approach to getting it right. His work was on display in the form of six cakes depicting the characters from the animated movie Frozen which were included in the raffle. He had also prepared a larger cake which was auctioned with the proceeds divided between Howth RNLI and St. Michael’s House in Bayside.

The local lifeboat station was chosen as Charity of the Year 2016 by the popular supermarket and the fundraising event was organised in association with SuperValu Sutton who provided finger food and raffle prizes for the event.

The funds raised will be used to provide new crew kit and further training for the RNLI’s volunteer crewmembers to ensure their safety when they are saving lives at sea.

Rose Michael, Howth RNLI Fundraising Chairperson, commented, ‘ We had a wonderful evening and a fantastic turn out. Garry is a fantastic baker and has an amazing talent for creating masterpieces. We’re very grateful that he has shared his time and creativity to help us to raise much needed funds for the local lifeboat’.

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Photos credit: Tara Murphy
Photo 1: (L-R) Carol-Ann Goggin and Barbara Sargent at the Christmas Cake decoration demonstration in aid of Howth RNLI.
Photo 2: (L-R) Mavis Dempsey, Lorraine Dempsey and Margaret Dempsey from Swords at the Howth RNLI fundraiser in Howth Yacht Club.
Photo 3: (L-R) Valarie Dunne and Anne Murphy enjoying the Christmas cake decoration demonstration at Howth Yacht Club in aid of Howth RNLI.
Photo 4: (L-R) Gillian McMahon and Sean O'Kelly in Howth Yacht Club at the Christmas cake decoration demonstration in aid of Howth RNLI.
Photo 5: The Frozen themed Christmas cake created by Garry Wickham and auctioned in aid of Howth RNLI and St. Michael's House in Bayside.

RNLI Media Contacts
For more information please contact Tara Murphy, Howth RNLI Volunteer Fundraising Press Officer, on +353861009133 or at murphytara@eircom.net or contact Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Tel: 087 1254 124 / 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org or Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Tel: 087 6483547 Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk

Mavis Dempsey, Lorraine Dempsey and Margaret Dempsey from Swords at the Howth RNLI fundraiser in Howth Yacht Club

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Mavis Dempsey, Lorraine Dempsey and Margaret Dempsey from Swords at the Howth RNLI fundraiser in Howth Yacht Club
Valarie Dunne and Anne Murphy enjoying the Christmas cake decoration demonstration at Howth Yacht Club in aid of Howth RNLI

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Valarie Dunne and Anne Murphy enjoying the Christmas cake decoration demonstration at Howth Yacht Club in aid of Howth RNLI
Gillian McMahon and Sean O'Kelly in Howth Yacht Club at the Christmas cake decoration demonstration in aid of Howth RNLI

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Gillian McMahon and Sean O'Kelly in Howth Yacht Club at the Christmas cake decoration demonstration in aid of Howth RNLI
The Frozen themed Christmas cake created by Garry Wickham and auctioned in aid of Howth RNLI and St. Michael's House in Bayside

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The Frozen themed Christmas cake created by Garry Wickham and auctioned in aid of Howth RNLI and St. Michael's House in Bayside

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