A BIG brown bear decked out in camouflage helped to sell cakes in Verwood on Saturday in aid of wounded soldiers.

Hero Bear, the mascot for Help for Heroes, offered passers-by a range of cakes and biscuits for purchase outside of Costa Coffee, in aid of the charity’s Colossal Cake Sale campaign.

Neal Williams, who heads up the Verwood branch of Help for Heroes and helped organise the event, said: “The sale went really well. We had about 15 local bakers take part, who made bread, fudge, cakes, and then the Big Showstopper Cake for our raffle.

“We sold nearly everything, but the few we had left over were donated to Waypoints care home for the residents to enjoy.

“We sold over 300 tickets for the raffle, which was won by Lynne Wilkins, with a second prize cake going to Pat Morrow.”

He added that £742.39 was raised.

The annual Colossal Cake Sale campaign is taking place until May 5 and any is open to anyone who would like to raise money for Help for Heroes.

A second Colossal Cake Sale is being held at Verwood Memorial Hall this Friday at Verwood Memorial Hall, from 9am to 1pm.

For more information on the charity, go to helpforheroes.org.uk