Britt draws festive charity cake raffle

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Panto star Britt Ekland helped deliver a special moment as part of a charity cake raffle.

The one-time Bond girl picked the winning raffle ticket for the festive competition in aid of The Rowans hospice.

The competition was run by Gill and Steve Smith who own the Magick Bean Coffee Shop in Albert Road, Southsea.

The couple had a Christmas-themed Swiss gingerbread cottage cake donated to them to raffle off in aid of the hospice.

They sold dozens of raffle tickets to customers and raised more than 100.

Mrs Smith said: 'A friend of my sister brought in the cake and asked if we wanted to raffle it off.

'So we decided to do it in aid of the Rowans because it's such a worthy cause. We have collection tins in our shop for the Rowans as well.

'We were hoping someone from this year's panto at the Kings Theatre would pick the winning raffle ticket and Britt Ekland said she would.

'The cast come into our coffee shop a lot so we're always seeing Britt and Ashley from Coronation Street, and Lynne who plays Irene in Home and Away.

'It's really nice. The winner of the raffle is a lady who comes into our shop. She's very pleased that Britt Ekland picked her ticket and is really pleased to have won the cake.'

Mrs Smith added: 'The raffle was really successful and popular with the customers so we're thinking of doing more things like this in the future.'

The money raised from the raffle will go towards the running costs of The Rowans, in Purbrook Heath.

Every year the hospice has to raise 3m through donations and fundraising events.