INSPIRED by TV’s The Great British Bake Off, staff at John Lewis at Home in Tunbridge Wells organised a chocolate cake challenge to launch their charity partnership with Pepenbury.

The charity, which is based near Pembury, provides care and support for adults with learning disabilities, autism and physical disabilities.

Tina Arnold, Community Liaison Co-ordinator at John Lewis, said: “We were delighted with the 12 cakes submitted, all of which were of a really high standard. Partners really got behind this initiative and it was a great way to introduce our Charity of the Year, Pepenbury.

“We are really looking forward to doing more fundraising, and working together with the team to raise awareness of people in our community who have learning disabilities or other complex needs.” Pepenbury’s Fundraising Manager Camilla Slattery, who was one of the judges, said, “We are so grateful to the partners at John Lewis for their commitment to this fundraiser.

“We were blown away by everyone’s hard work and skills. It really was a difficult decision, but in the end the presentation, taste and texture of the winner scored full marks.” The winner, Freddie Banks, baked a chocolate ganache slice with raspberry filling topped with mini raspberry meringues.