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A cake sale at Encore's head office in Cambridge raised over £116 for this year's BBC Children In Need Appeal, with more would-be bakers taking part in a company bake-off than ever before.

14 entrants battled it out to be named 'Star Baker', with prizes including a cake stand and measuring spoons awarded to first, second and third place. The team also paid to play two games - one to guess which cupcake Pudsey was hiding under, and another to correctly work out the number of sweets in a jar.

Encore's Service Charge Accountants Supervisor, Ashleigh Kroeger, and Assistant Property Manager Alexandra Hawkes both organised the event. They said: "It was great to once again be involved in Children In Need, which is such a wonderful cause. There were some pretty spectacular entries - with more people taking part in the bake-off than we've ever seen in previous years, so overall it was a huge success!"

Children In Need say: "Every penny from the money you raise or donate will go towards helping disadvantaged children and young people right here in the UK. You can be sure your money makes a real difference."

The appeal raised more than £32.6m on the night itself, which saw Sir Terry Wogan host the annual telethon alongside Tess Daly, Fearne Cotton and Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw. By the end of the show, a staggering £32,620,469 had been raised, with the final total expected to far exceed that once all donations have been accounted for.

Pictured are Alexandra and Ashleigh, and one of the impressive prize-winning entries.

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