For years Ella Wilson’s chocolate cakes have been the talking point at Yorkshire Cancer Research events in Helmsley – with people travelling from miles around to ensure they get an early place in the queue for the cake stall.
“I’ve made thousands using a recipe handed down by my mother,” said the 83-year-old farmer’s wife who lives at Baxton Grange Farm, Helmsley.
Last Friday within minutes of her latest baking marathon of cakes being put on display, the stall was cleared with not even one left for a photograph!
“I just love making them and people seem to enjoy them and it all helps to raise money to aid research into cancer,” said the grandmother four times over.
But there was a big surprise awaiting her when she arrived with her cardboard box packed with cakes at the charity’s Christmas coffee morning and sale at The Black Swan Hotel – a celebration of her 50 years involvement with Yorkshire Cancer Research when she received a big round of applause and £50 worth of gardening vouchers.
She joined the Helmsley branch just a few months after it was set up and is now the only surviving founding member. Over the half century of running an annual catalogue of events, the branch has raised thousands of pounds to aid research.
Former chairman Jennifer Pilling, said: “Ella has been a wonderful stalwart, especially with her reputation as being a great baker of chocolate cakes.”