Berkhamsted School hopes to get into record books with giant marshmallow

One school in Berkhamsted is hoping to get stuck in the record books with what could be the world's biggest marshmallow.

Tuesday, 3rd December 2019, 3:49 pm
Updated Tuesday, 3rd December 2019, 3:50 pm

The mammoth sugary sweet, in the shape of Pudsey Bear's head, was the brainchild of Berkhamsted School student Joshua Nunn.

He was inspired by his mum who he had heard talking about making a giant marshmallow to client Belinda Clark, and thought it would be a good idea to involve his school to raise funds for Children In Need.

“This result was beyond my wildest dreams and I really enjoyed being on the BBC News," said the youngster. "But what has made it even better is the fact the winning bidder was this year’s MasterChef Winner – Irini Tzortzoglou - and that she has had it all cut up and sold to raise even more money for The Jigsaw Children’s Hospice in Carlisle, Cumbria.”

Belinda Clark and Phil Clark, group executive chief for Berkhamsted Schools, with Josh pictured in the middle with two of his friends

The making of the 1 metre marshmallow turned into a collaborative event.

As well as confectioner Belinda, it also involved the school catering team from Aramark, Silver Spoon, Waitrose, Berkhamsted Chamber of Commerce, British Legion, Berkofest, The Hospice of St Francis as well Talbot Designs which donated the mould. Even Jewsons provided the MDF to be covered in foil.

The final piece was auctioned, with the winning bid coming in at a stonking £550 as well as donations made to the tune of £1,050, making a total of £1,600 raised - which makes you feel all squidgy inside.

Joshua said: "I could never have predicted that …my mum is always saying you can do anything you put your mind to. And she sets a really good example for me in all the work she does both for her marketing career and in helping others.”

Richard Thompson, the school’s project head for the event, said: "We are delighted to support this exciting fundraising event."

The school should hear if it has been successful in its Guinness Book of World Records bid this week.