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