Sp-egg-tacular Easter fundraiser for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice

Gary Marshall at home in Gosberton Risegate with a 7ft x 5ft Easter egg framweork he has made to be covered in chocolate for Hansen's Chocolate House in Folkingham to raise money for St Barnabas  Hospice.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Gary Marshall at home in Gosberton Risegate with a 7ft x 5ft Easter egg framweork he has made to be covered in chocolate for Hansen's Chocolate House in Folkingham to raise money for St Barnabas Hospice. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Gosberton Risegate blacksmith and fabricator Gary Marshall likes challenges.

But even he never expected a request to build a 7ft x 5ft Easter egg to be covered in chocolate by Folkingham-based Hansen’s Chocolate House.

The aim of the giant Easter egg is to raise money for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice which has charity shops in Bourne and Spalding.

Gary said: “Jan came to me to ask if I would make a framework for an Easter egg, all in aid of St Barnabas Hospice.

“Someone will cover the egg and then it will go to the chocolate shop to be covered in chocolate

“There are always some people out there with strange ideas but as long as it’s safe, I’ll make it and that’s what interested me.”

Jan, who first opened a chocolate shop in 1986 and moved to Folkingham from Billingborough ten years ago, added: “Most holiday periods, we try to do something for certain charities because it’s easier for us to make an egg when they are very popular for raffles.

“This year, we thought of going that little bit further by making a monster egg and then displaying it Folkingham where people can come along and have their photos taken next to it.

“I’ve had dealings with St Barnabas Hospice before and they do such a great job for people who are terminally ill, so this year I thought we would support them.”