A CHOCOLATIER based in Conwy has made a unique contribution to the recent fundraising efforts in Ukraine by creating a giant Easter egg which it will then raffle.

Baravelli’s, based on Bangor Road, have created a hand-painted chocolate egg, weighing a incredible 10kg and measuring roughly two feet in height.

Designed by master chocolatier Emma Baravelli, who runs the business with husband Mark, it took three days to complete.

People can be in with a chance to win the egg by making a donation of any size to a JustGiving page which was set up, ahead of a draw which will take place on April 19.

The proceeds will be donated to The British Red Cross Society’s Ukraine Crisis Appeal, with more than £2,000 already raised, after an initial £1,000 target was surpassed within a day.


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Charlie Owen, store manager, said: “After seeing everything that was happening in Ukraine, they just wanted to do something to help, so the idea for the egg, and trying to raise as much money for the Red Cross and their efforts in Ukraine, came about.

“Emma designed the egg and painted it by hand, with cocoa butter and natural colours.

“After painting it, she filled it with chocolate and emptied it out. It was obviously nerve-wracking transporting it downstairs, then!”

The yellow and blue design of the egg is inspired by the Ukrainian flag, with fields of wheat and sunflowers in the foreground.

The background is bright blue, representing the sky, mountains and streams of the country.

Charlie added: “Any donations, no matter how small or large, put you in the running to win the egg.

“The response has been phenomenal and overwhelming; we smashed right through our target on the first day. People have been so generous.

“It’s been devastating to see what’s happened, and this put people’s unique skills and talents to good use; to raise awareness and to do something good.”

To make a donation, and give yourself a chance of winning the egg on April 19, go to: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ukraineeastereggappeal.