Sweet ges­ture Gill’s Cad­bury col­lec­tion go­ing to firm’s archive

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - By CONOR GOGARTY

AWOMAN gath­ered 5,000 pieces of Cad­bury mem­o­ra­bilia for more than 40 years. Now Gill Cocks from Winch­combe has de­cided to share her col­lec­tion with the pub­lic, gift­ing it to the Cad­bury archives in Bournville.

Some of her items will go on dis­play at Cad­bury World .

The keep­sakes, which range from the ex­tremely old and rare - such as Richard Tap­per Cad­bury’s bi­ble from the 1800s - to more re­cent items like Cad­bury-branded mugs and tins.

Bournevill­e’s team of archivists spent three days care­fully pack­ag­ing the items, which will now be cat­a­logued and dated at its Cad­bury archive.

It will then go on dis­play at Cad­bury World as ‘The Gill Cocks Col­lec­tion’ in the new year.

As a ges­ture of thanks, the Cad­bury Foun­da­tion has made a £5,000 do­na­tion to Gill’s cho­sen char­ity, We All Mat­ter.

The Winch­combe-based vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tion aims to build and strengthen pos­i­tive and sup­port­ive re­la­tion­ships through­out Glouces­ter­shire.

Gill said: “I am so pleased and re­lieved to know that my life-long pas­sion for col­lect­ing all things Cad­bury will be kept safe at Cad­bury World for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to en­joy as much as I have.

“I am also de­lighted that The Cad­bury Foun­da­tion will be do­nat­ing to such a wor­thy cause.

“We All Mat­ter makes a big dif­fer­ence to lots of peo­ple in the area, and helps young peo­ple turn their life around and achieve their dreams.”

One of the archivists, Sarah Fo­den, said the col­lec­tion was the most im­pres­sive she has seen.

“As an ar­chiv­ist, I was so ex­cited to hear of Gill’s col­lec­tion but wasn’t quite pre­pared to see such an ex­tra­or­di­nary and ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of Cad­bury items,” she added.

Gemma Ma­dle, char­ity di­rec­tor at We All Mat­ter, said: “The grant from The Cad­bury Foun­da­tion will make a big dif­fer­ence to us, and to the peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.

“We hope to be able to re­duce the wait­ing list for our com­mu­nity men­tor­ing project and con­tinue this valu­able one-to-one sup­port for young peo­ple as a re­sult.” [email protected]­plc.com

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Gill Cocks from Winch­combe with some of her col­lec­tion

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