Home, sweet home! Family’s gingerbread-themed winter wonderland proves a sight to behold

A creative family have transformed their home into a gingerbread-themed winter wonderland to raise money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

The eye-catching cottage, in Great Bardfield, Essex, features ten giant gingerbread men, two snowmen, a dozen large lollies and a hologram of Father Christmas.

It is also decorated with sweets and a jumbo box of popcorn.

The festive fundraiser is the brainchild of Kellie and Scott Forbes, who have given their home a wintry facelift with help from children Tayler and Cadia and friend David Palmer. They hope to raise more than £400.

“This is something I’ve been toying with for a while,” said Kellie.

“I’ve done other bits and pieces in the past, like having a ‘giving tree’ in our front garden last year decorated with sweets.

“However, it’s grown and grown and this year’s display looks great. I’m so pleased and proud of it.

“When you’re doing something bit by bit, you don’t get the same impact as people seeing it for the first time.

“The reaction and feedback has been so positive, though. Everyone loves it and that means so much, because we just wanted to give something back and do something nice for the children of our village.

“Last Christmas was so weird for everyone but hopefully our display will put smiles on faces, while at the same time raising money for a very special cause.”

Visitors have been enjoying cups of hot chocolate while admiring the giant display and watching Santa.

They can make a donation in a charity collection box or contribute online by heading to https://www.justgiving.com/…/kellie-forbesgingerbreadhouse

“We work with children as myself and my husband have our own business running activity camps,” said Kellie, who is already planning similar fundraisers for Valentine’s Day and Easter.

“We know how much they love things like this and they’ve enjoyed watching us create the display.

“Seeing their excited little faces means the world and hopefully this helps make it an extra special Christmas.”


Notes to Editors

“I cannot imagine our lives without EACH now and I sometimes wish we hadn’t let the fear of the word hospice put us off for so long. We’re truly grateful for the constant support we receive.”

  • We care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, and support their families.
  • We offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support, including where their child dies – at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices at Milton (Cambridge), The Nook (Norfolk) and The Treehouse (Ipswich).
  • Our family-centred approach includes specialist nursing care, symptom management support, short breaks, wellbeing activities, therapies and counselling, all meeting the individual needs of the child, young person and whole family.
  • We are recognised as leaders in our field, with a reputation for excellence and commitment to pioneering development and innovation.
  • We rely on voluntary donations for the majority of our income and this year need to raise £5.5 million from fundraising and £5.4 million in income from our shops. The year before the pandemic we received just 16% of our total income from statutory sources.
  • EACH Royal Patron – Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds, visit www.each.org.uk

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Matt Plummer | Media and PR Manager | 07738 328058 | Matt.Plummer@each.org.uk

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