Jan’s charity cake venture is cream of the crop

WINNER Jan Harding of Granny Jan's Cupcakes won the Best Business award with Kayleigh and Christian Mascia  of Pizza House Restaurant. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (123630-8810)
WINNER Jan Harding of Granny Jan's Cupcakes won the Best Business award with Kayleigh and Christian Mascia of Pizza House Restaurant. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (123630-8810)

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SELFLESS Jan Harding didn’t think twice about giving away every penny made from her cupcake business to charity.

The 71-year-old decided to set up Granny Jan’s Cupcakes for Macmillan Cancer Support after her neice Louise Cowdery, 37, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009.

Since then she has raised more than £5,000 from the sale of her colourful treats, which are used at weddings, birthdays and other functions.

Now Jan has picked up the Best Business award at Monday night’s We Can Do It awards show.

Jan shed tears of pride as she was named by Best Business category sponsor Pizza House Restaurant, Hilsea, as the winner.

Granny Jan’s Cupcakes fought off competition from runners-up Larcomes LLP, a solicitor firm in North End, H&T Pawnbrokers, Cosham, The Surrey Arms, Landport, Asda, Fratton, and Southern Electric, Havant.

‘I can’t believe that I won,’ Jan said.

‘I’m completely overwhelmed.

‘It’s amazing that my little cupcake business beat all the other nominees, many of which were big companies.’

‘I want to continue doing all I can for Macmillan Cancer Support because the nurses there have cared for Louise, and she will soon undergo her second lot of chemotherapy treatment.’

As part of her business Jan sells a range of cakes, pies and homemade jams.

‘I would like to think I am making a difference to the lives of others,’ she said.

‘I hold this We Can Do It award in very high regard.’

Larcomes LLP clinched the runner-up prize after two of its staff walked from Goodwood Racecourse to Arundel and back in May to raise money for the Hampshire Asbestos Support and Awareness Group.

The firm decided to raise money for the UK charity because it helps people fill out asbestos-related claims.

The team were joined by thousands of other walkers who raised money for a charity of their choice.

The ‘Just Walk’ event saw the solicitors clock up 37 miles over 10 hours. The company plans to take part again next year.

Lisa Buezeval, a solicitor for Larcomes LLP, said: ‘It’s fantastic that we have been rewarded.’