WI wins fight to give cakes to Cynthia Spencer Hospice in Northampton after EU ban

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A campaign to allow WI members to supply cakes to Cynthia Spencer Hospice in Northampton after they were stopped by EU legislation has been successful.

Earlier this year, Northamptonshire WI was told it could no longer bake cakes for patients at the hospice after falling foul of EU rules on ingredients when making cakes for the public.

Behind the scenes, the WI, hospice and town MP Michael Ellis worked hard to find a solution and last week the Fill the Freezer project was relaunched.

WI members now have to supply a list of ingredients when donating cakes to meet with the requirements.

A spokeswoman for the County WI said: “In the year 200 the Millennium Challenge was to do something for the local community. Northamptonshire WIs contacted the hospice and volunteered to provide 10 cakes each week, suitable to be frozen.

“Cakes provide home cooking for both patients, family and friends and are much enjoyed.

“However, in February this year, we were reluctantly asked to stop providing cakes due to new EU legislation.”

“We were very disappointed but now, so long as baked cakes have a special label attached listing all ingredients, we can now provide 10 cakes each week to the hospice. Mission accomplished!”

Representatives of the WI and the hospice cut the new Fill The Freezer cake at a special open day at the county headquarters in Moulton last week.

“We had a lovely day, there were lots of crafts on display with demonstrations of spinning, bobbing lace and willow weaving and we had a visit from Helen Blaby from Radio Northampton - she is lovely, a real natural.”