Nestlé has cooked up this giant KitKat as a special prize for this weekend’s tombola in aid of the City of York Afghanistan Commemorative Appeal.

The chocolate bar measures 32 centimetres long by 26 centimetres wide, and weighs in at three kilogrammes.

A company spokesman said such bars were “very rare,” and only made for special occasions and charities by experts at the company’s innovation kitchens.

The factory has also donated 96 normal-sized four-finger KitKats to offer as prizes for the Press-organised tombola, which will be held between 10am and 4pm on Saturday in a pop-up shop in the city centre manager’s ground-floor offices in Silver Street, near the market.

Other businesses have also come forward to back the event in recent days, with Marks & Spencer donating dozens of bags of Percy Pig sweets – soft gums made with fruit juice – Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate giving a year’s supply of Yorkshire Tea and Browns department store in Davygate donating five £10 gift vouchers. Managing director Nick Brown said he was delighted to help with such a worthy cause.

The event will be raising funds towards an appeal for a new permanent monument in the city centre, which will highlight regiments associated with York which have fought in Afghanistan and will also list the names of the York servicemen who have died there.

Sandra Smith, the mother of Trooper Ashley Smith, of Acomb, who died in Afghanistan in June 2010, aged 21, urged the people of York to show their support for the appeal by going to the shop and buying a tombola ticket.

• Readers willing to donate more items for the tombola still have just enough time to drop items off at our reception in Walmgate.

We can receive items during weekday office hours today or by no later than tomorrow lunchtime.

We are looking for any brand new product, or item in good condition, but cannot accept second-hand electrical items or perishable goods.

If your business is willing to help, email, or phone 01904 567132.

York Press: The Press - Comment

Give them a break!

Have a break, have a KitKat, goes the ad.

Nestlé’s latest creation represents some break: a whopping KitKat weighing three kilos.

The monster chocolate bar has been specially made to raise money for the City of York Afghanistan Commemorative Appeal.

It’s a great cause – and a great way of raising cash. So three cheers to Nestlé. Now let’s see some of you, our readers, coming up with equally fun and imaginative fundraising ideas...