SCHOOLS and organisations across the county are encouraged to get busy in the kitchen for a good cause this Valentine’s Day.

Mosaic, a charity that supports young people and their families following the death of a loved one, launched its second ‘Bake a Cake and Support Mosaic’ fundraiser in December.

The charity is urging schools, local groups, clubs and organisations to organise a cake sale on Valentine’s Day or any day the same week and donate the funds raised to them.

Mosaic fundraiser Katie Hensman, pictured inset, said: “We are contacting as many schools in Dorset as we can to encourage them to take part in this event, which is very simple to organise and great fun for everyone involved.

“Our first cake for mosaic fundraiser took place last Valentine’s Day; 26 schools and local organisations took part and together they raised more than £5,500.

“If more schools participate this year, we can make that total even better which will give the charity a great boost.”

Money raised will help Mosaic with its individual and family support, and help fund the twice yearly residential camp weekends at Leeson House in Swanage, where children are invited to try new challenges, meet new friends who have also experienced bereavement and remember the special person who has died.

Katie added: “Valentine’s Day, along with Christmas, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day can be difficult times for bereaved children.

“This event raises awareness of this sensitive area and helps to raise funds to support the charity in the future.

“Don’t worry if you can’t hold a sale on the day itself, any time that week is fine.

“We’ll send you flyers and stickers to help promote your sale and afterwards, a certificate to show how much your school or company raised after the event is over.”

For more information or to register your school email or call 01258 837071.