Portsmouth waffle challenge defeats all but one in charity fundraiser

Harriet Lee, 16

St John’s College, Southsea, GCSE art exhibition

  • Adults and children took on waffle challenge at Wicked Waffle to raise money for charity
  • Dessert consisted of four waffles and 12 scoops of ice cream
  • Around £400 was raised for Sam’s Haven
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IT DEFEATED almost everyone who took part but a fundraiser was still a lot of fun.

Wicked Waffle in North End, invited people to take on its waffle challenge to raise cash for Sam’s Haven.

TUCKING IN From the left are Simon Lock, 34, Stuart Middle, 36, Sam Merrick,  Dannielle Leaves, and Charlie Robinson

TUCKING IN From the left are Simon Lock, 34, Stuart Middle, 36, Sam Merrick, Dannielle Leaves, and Charlie Robinson

Adults went along to the dessert parlour in London Road with the aim of eating four waffles and 12 scoops of ice cream in 45 minutes.

Children were given the smaller challenge two waffles and six scoops of ice cream.

But only 15-year-old Rhys Lowry, from Portchester, was able to finish the dessert.

He completed it in 13 minutes.

I didn’t expect to finish it that quickly but I thought I would be able to do it.

Rhys Lowry

Rhys said: ‘I didn’t expect to finish it that quickly but I thought I would be able to do it.

‘I have been told I eat quite quickly so I felt fairly confident.

‘But I thought I would complete it in around the 20 to 25 minute mark.

‘Afterwards I felt so full and couldn’t stop shivering.’

FUN  From left, Savannah-Jade Middle, 14, Sam Merrick, six, Louise Merrick, 34, and Julie Middle, 39                    (150412-7032)

FUN From left, Savannah-Jade Middle, 14, Sam Merrick, six, Louise Merrick, 34, and Julie Middle, 39 (150412-7032)

Wicked Waffle started doing the challenge last year but only two people have completed it.

Owner Harry Harrison said: ‘Julie from Sam’s Haven came up with the idea for the challenge and we thought it would fun.

‘The adults gave it a good go but no completed it. The kids made a really good effort.’

Julie Middle, a trustee from Sam’s Haven which offers short breaks to sick children, said the event was a lot of fun and raised around £400.

BRING THEM ON  Wicked Waffle boss Harry Harrison, left, and his staff are kept busy                                                  (150412-6981)

BRING THEM ON Wicked Waffle boss Harry Harrison, left, and his staff are kept busy (150412-6981)

‘Everyone had a laugh,’ she said.

‘It was different to a normal fundraiser but we still raised a good amount.’

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