SCHOOLS and organisations across Dorset got busy in the kitchen and helped raise £2,000 for a good cause.

Mosaic, a charity based in Milborne St Andrew 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 urged schools, local groups, clubs and organisations to hold a cake sale on Valentine’s Day or any day the same week and donate the funds.

In Dorchester, Piddle Valley First School raised £128.91 and a cake sale at County Hall organised by the children’s services department at Dorset County Council raised £220.

Leweston Prep School in Sherborne raised £123 and St Mary’s Middle School in Puddletown raised over £200.

Fundraising totals across Dorset currently stand at £2000, but due to some schools postponing their bake sales until after half term, this total is expected to rise further.

Mosaic fundraiser Katie Hensman said: “The dreadful weather on February 14 didn’t dampen the spirits of the schools and businesses who held cake sales for Mosaic.

“The funds raised will go towards Mosaic’s next residential camp weekend at Leeson House, Swanage in November.

“Without these donations, we wouldn’t be able to put on these residential weekends for bereaved families, which offer such caring support, advice and friendship for families picking up the pieces after the death of a loved one.”

White Stuff in Dorchester have supported Mosaic for the past three years and this year staff baked cakesand held a guess the weight of the cake competition.

Julia Ridgway, charity champion for White Stuff, said: “We were thrilled to take part in the event and raised £125 for Mosaic.

“I recently volunteered for Mosaic at one residential weekend and found it incredibly moving and fulfilling.”

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