Charity giant Easter egg cracks target

A Sleaford area chocolate maker smashed his charity fundraising target and now he has smashed his giant chocolate egg.

Jan Hansen, of Folkingham, constructed a 7ft tall Easter egg requiring 160 kgs/350 lbs of chocolate, to raise money for St Barnabas Hospice, inviting people to make donations to have their photos taken with it and entering in a prize draw to win other chocolate treats.

Jan Hansen gets cracking on his giant Easter egg. EMN-150604-173219001

Jan Hansen gets cracking on his giant Easter egg. EMN-150604-173219001

His aim had been to reach £1,000 and so far it has raised £1,700, so on Sunday, as promised, Jan took a hammer to his pride and joy in the hope of making even more money for the charity.

He said: “I broke most of the back off, but left a panel at the front so that people who were away for the holiday could get along this coming weekend to take chocolate selfies.

“The visitors have really enjoyed seeing the egg, and have been so very generous. In 29 years of fundraising, I have to say that this has been the ultimate, and has made me feel very humble.”

Although it took three days to put together, he says it took less than a day to take apart. Visitors have been asking to buy chunks, proceeds of which will also go to St Barnabas Hospice.

“Nothing tastes quite like Easter egg chocolate,” he said.

Jan opted to support the hospice in gratitude after his older brother Cullum needed the services of a hospice in Bedfordshire when dying of brain cancer. Mr Hansen also heard of the recent costly vandalism to the St Barnabas shop in Sleaford.