A group of Wanstead Christmas bakers have raised nearly £1,000 for Haven House Children’s Hospice.

They enthusiastically responded to a call from Cllr Paul Canal in October for volunteers to bake some sweet treats to be sold to raise money for the charity.

More than a dozen bakers responded, including Carrie Hards, Hannah Siddal, Helen Gascoigne, Kerry Roe, Sarah Jane Hogg, Siobhan Carey and Victoria Derbyshire, together baking more than 50 cakes and using more than 250 eggs and 100kg of festive fruit.

Lindy Hunt, head of community engagement at Haven House, hailed the bakers as “Santa’s super heroes".

She said she was grateful to the Wanstead Christmas Bakers for helping out the charity in an exceptionally challenging year.

Donations to the Haven House Christmas Bakers can still be made at: https://tinyurl.com/HavenHouseChristmasBakers