The handcrafted milk chocolate Bison, made by Baravellis on behalf of Rhug Estate for a Channel 5 programme, will be donated to staff at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital to enjoy.

The statue, worth £1,000, was won by Nicola Mulligan, a physiotherapist working on the paediatric ward at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. Her name was drawn in the Rhug Estate Farm Shop raffle to win the chocolate lover’s dream prize.

Nicola said, “I’m so pleased to have won the raffle. I decided to share it amongst my hard working colleagues at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. I can’t wait to taste the amazing piece of art.”

Conwy chocolatiers, Baravelli’s, created the bespoke chocolate Bison, on behalf of Rhug Estate. The creation of the bison will be featured in episode six of the Channel 5 series ‘The Wonderful World of Chocolate’ scheduled to be shown on Sunday, 9 February 2020.

Husband and wife team Emma and Mark Baravelli have been hand crafting delicious chocolate for over ten years and have been recognised as crafting something very special with a tally of over 40 prestigious food awards. They have created unique chocolate designs for many high-profile clients.

Baravelli’s created the Bison statue to celebrate Lord Newborough’s 70th birthday. Channel 5 filmed the chocolatiers creating the masterpiece and filmed Lord Newborough receiving the magnificent creation. When he received the chocolate masterpiece Lord Newborough said he wanted to raffle the work of edible art so local charities could receive donations. Over £600 has been raised and will be divided between Wales Air Ambulance and Hope House Children’s hospice.

Rhug Estate Managing Director, Graham Webster, said, “Baravelli’s chocolates are unique in the UK. No one else supplies such hand-crafted products. The response to the Baravelli’s products we stock in our Farm Shop has been phenomenal. We were delighted when they approached us with the idea of making a bespoke Bison for Lord Newborough’s birthday and it would be featured on Channel 5.”

Emma Baravelli said, “We are a small local, north Wales firm. We’re so grateful to Rhug Estate for all their support. We are very excited to be featured in a television series which gives an insight into our work.”