TWO young ‘star bakers’ in the making raised £457 for dog charities.

Annabel Braso and Molly Wilson, both aged 13, worked hard on a bake sale, raising funds for the Birmingham Greyhound Protection and Candy Cane Rescue.

Candy Cane Rescue prevent greyhounds falling into the Chinese meat trade. They then send the dogs to the UK, Europe or USA and find them loving homes.

Annabel’s mum Anne Braso, who lives in Evesham said: “Greyhounds are sent to China to take part in races, but if they don’t come first, second or third in their first five races, they are scalded alive and eaten. It is shocking and so awful.

“A lot of people weren’t aware, when the girls were selling their cakes, people were in tears when they heard these stories and looked at a newspaper article the girls displayed on their stall.”

The girls sold sweets, their own home-made soaps and a range of cakes including, lemon drizzle, muffins, brownies and flapjacks, baking on Thursday and Friday night and then again on Saturday night despite being tired, Mrs Braso said.

They sold out of cakes on Saturday and were up until 11pm that night baking. They held their stall outside in the grounds of the Cotswold House Hotel all day Saturday, before moving into Sam Wilson’s shop in Chipping Campden on Sunday.

The bake sale was part of Chipping Campden School’s Enterprise Students scheme. James Slattery, from Chipping Campden School, nominated the girls to get involved in Made in the Cotswolds.

Mrs Braso said thank you to the ‘kind’ people of Chipping Campden and its visitors who bought goodies from the girls stall.

Mrs Braso said: “I am extremely proud of them both, the sheer determination of making as much money as they possibly could, for this charitable worthy cause, was at the forefront of their minds – Well done to them both for a fantastic result and achievement. ”

Mr Slattery said: “The girls were outstanding during Made in the Cotswolds and were great ambassadors for the school. I’m thrilled to see such a generous contribution to the Greyhound Protection.”