Chocolatier and Michelin Star Chef, Hans Schweitzer has created a striking Christmas scene out of chocolate and gingerbread which was presented to the children and nurses at the Milton Hospice in Cambridge yesterday (Monday 19th December).
Christmas is sweet for children and staff at Milton Children's Hospice
The model which is 100cm x 70cm x 40cm (height) depicts a Christmas scene built on top of the Mathematical Bridge, a famous Cambridge landmark that forms part of Queens' College. 4.5kg of chocolate and 4kg of gingerbread were used in the making of the model. In addition a monetary donation from a collection from the staff and students of Queens' College was also presented by Hans.
Hans Schweitzer said of the donation: "It's great to do something fun for the children at Christmas. I hope they enjoy demolishing it as much as I have enjoyed making it!"
Tracey Tingey from East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) said of the donation: "We are delighted to receive this lovely Christmas present from Queen's College. It's so beautiful it seems a shame to eat it but I am sure that won't stop the children tucking in over Christmas and I'm sure the staff will help out too!"
EACH is a local registered charity which cares for terminally ill children and their families within the East Anglian region; including brothers, sisters, parents and grandparents. This year EACH is currently caring for over 350 children and a further 82 bereaved families. As a result of the withdrawal of Big Lottery funding this year EACH is even more reliant on the goodwill of the local business community.
East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) is a registered charity which exists to maximise the quality of life for life-limited children and their families. The charity operates three hospice services in the region - at Milton in Cambridgeshire, Quidenham in Norfolk and Ipswich in Suffolk, as well as providing community-based care and support. In addition to these three counties, support is offered to families from Bedfordshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire and South Lincolnshire. No charge is made to those using its services.
EACH provides terminal care for children at the end of their life, as well as on-going palliative care, and respite care which offers families the chance of a break from the constant medication and attention a sick child needs. We also offer bereavement care, both before and after a child dies, for as long as the family needs it. For further information visit the EACH website at www.each.org.uk
About Queens' College Conference & Banqueting
Queens' College was founded in 1448 by Margaret of Anjou and in 1465 by Elizabeth Woodville: Queens of Henry VI and Edward IV respectively. Queens' College has a long history of providing an exceptional dining and conference venue to business and distinguished guests (including the Her Majesty the Queen). Located on the superb arc of Colleges that follow the river Cam through the historic heart of Cambridge the Queens' College experience is one that cannot be rivalled anywhere else in Cambridge or even in the country.
Queens' Banqueting Dining at Queens' is a unique experience. Since Master Chef, Hans Schweitzer (who has a coveted Michelin Star to his name) took over as Executive Chef in 2004; diners at Queens' have enjoyed some of the finest food on offer outside of London. The contemporary menu and fine wines combine beautifully with the historic surroundings to create a truly memorable event. The Old Hall with its 550-year history, opulent decoration by William Morris and historic portraits has long been a favourite with businesses from the UK and around the world.
Queens' Conferencing The College's conference facilities provide a range of modern and versatile amenities. Multiple layouts are possible for seminars, lectures, group sessions and discussions for delegate numbers from 20 to 245. For residential conferences, Queens' College has 275 comfortable rooms of which many are ensuite and guests can enjoy a wide range of leisure facilities as well as being ideally placed to explore all that Cambridge has to offer.
For further information please contact: Amanda Politzer T: 01763 209 288 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Or visit the new Queens' College Conference & Banqueting website: www.queensconferences.com
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) aims to maximise the quality of life for children and young people with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, and to support their families.