Local schoolboy designs birthday cake for Blackpool Vic to thank NHS heroes

Thomas Ryan, aged 8, won the inaugural cake competition to come up with a design for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals birthday cake.

Children aged 4-11 from across the Fylde coast were invited to take part in the competition, organised by NHS Charity Blue Skies, as part of the NHS’ 73rd birthday celebrations.

After careful deliberation by the judges, Thomas’ design was crowned the winner and was brought to life by Carly Meehan, owner of Chorley-based business Dead Good Bakes.

The cake was presented to Nicki Latham, Deputy Chief Executive of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals on Monday (5th July), who gladly accepted it on behalf of the Trust.

A pupil at Ribby with Wrea Endowed CE school, Thomas’ mum Emily said his fantastic achievement has been well-received by the school.

Talking about his inspiration for the design, Thomas said the design was based off the bright colours of the NHS rainbow.

“I literally thought of every sugary thing I could think of, chocolate, candy floss, sweets!”

Emily beamed with pride at her sons’ achievement, commenting: “He spent such a long time on it and put a lot of thought into it.”

Carly, who is no stranger to supporting Blue Skies, added: “It’s always good to support local charities, especially as it’s [The Vic] somewhere all my family have been to and used.”