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West End Bake Off raises £4,500 for charity

West End Bake Off raised more than £4,500 for charity. Photo: Rosie Robinson
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Cast and crew from the forthcoming production of The Secret Garden have won this year’s West End Bake Off, which has raised more than £4,500 for charity.

The event was held in the grounds of St Anne’s Church in Soho, London, and was judged by Barbara Windsor, Michael Ball and Christopher Biggins.

Other shows that took part included Wicked, Les Miserables and Mamma Mia!, as well as Titanic and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Over two hours, more than £4,500 was raised for Acting for Others, an umbrella organisation representing 15 UK theatrical charities.

Windsor said: “It’s a lovely event. There is a great atmosphere. It was tough choosing the winner.”

She joked: “I couldn’t get a word in edgeways. Michael took over and it takes something to take over from Chris Biggins.”

Biggins told The Stage: “This year has exceeded all expectations. The effort everybody has put is fantastic and it’s a wonderful, fun way to raise money for such a good cause.”

He added:  “The West End community is a fabulous community. They are out there to do anything they possibly can to raise money.”