A CLITHEROE baker has thanked healthcare workers by making and donating a six foot cake to a hospital. 

Rosie Dummer, known as Rosie Cake Diva, handed over the masterpiece to Royal Bolton Hospital on Friday, after spending just two weeks working on the impressive project.

The mum, currently appearing on Channel 5’s Amazing Cakes and Bakes, wanted to remind people of the heroic work done by the NHS.

She said: “Christmas is going to be very different this year, and how much we rely on the health workers is something that the whole world can relate to.

“We’ve seen how hard it is for staff – my daughter is a student doctor so we feel very appreciative and very close to the NHS.

“She had her first patient die in front of her on her birthday in November and that’s when it hit me just how serious and connected we all are to the pandemic.

“Because we can’t hug, I thought it would be nice to send a virtual hug from Santa to all our wonderful health workers.”

The huge cake was transported from Rosie’s Clitheroe home to the hospital, before being unloaded and unwrapped outside the entrance.

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A nurse and Cllr Sue Baines, cabinet member for health at Bolton Council, were able to taste the cake before it was taken inside and cut up for staff.

Rosie added: “I think we all feel a little bit helpless sometimes, it’s not like we can walk into the hospital and start helping.

“I’m just trying to do the best I can with a little time and a bit of icing – I wanted to get the emotion and love into the cake to say a huge thank you to everyone working so hard for us.

“Everybody jumped up and helped out as soon as I told them what I was doing – I couldn’t have done it without all that help.”

Andy Ennis, chief operating officer at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust added: “We were delighted with Rosie’s kind gesture. It has put such a smile on people’s faces after what has been a tough year for our staff.

“The cake was absolutely incredible, and also very tasty! Thank you Rosie.”

Samantha Hutchinson, a communications officer for iFM at the hospital, was grateful that the unsung heroes were recognised for their hard work.

She said: “It was such a lovely thing for Rosie to do, and it was appreciated by all.

“Everyone at the hospital works so hard and it’s lovely to get some recognition.

“Our security team, porters, and catering team all pulled together at short notice to make sure Santa was transported safely and cut into hundreds of pieces to go round the wards.

“This has proven to all of us that the magic of Christmas is very much alive in Bolton.”

The creation will be featured on a Cakes and Bakes Christmas special on Channel 5 on Saturday, December 12.