As the nation eagerly awaits the next series of The Great British Bake Off, Tynedale Hospice at Home is calling on locals to put their own baking skills to the test in the Big Tynedale Bake.

Helping to kick-start the campaign, which returns this month, is Elliott’s Kitchen, a gastro-kitchen based in Wylam.

They’ll be supporting the Big Tynedale Bake through a range of activities over the summer, including a special ‘guest’ rainbow cake with all funds raised from its sale being donated to the Hospice.

Owner Phil Elliott said “We love baking and our cakes and scones are very popular with our customers.   We hit on the idea of producing a rainbow cake when we heard about the Hospice’s Rainbow Project which provides bereavement support to children and young people.  It was the perfect inspiration to bake something a bit different.  We hope it will be a hit with the customers too!”

Cathy Bates, community fundraiser for Tynedale Hospice at Home, said “We launched our first Big Tynedale Bake last year and it was a great success, raising an incredible £5,600 to support our services.  This year we’re hoping to smash that total and raise over £10,000.

“Whether you’re part of a community group, school, a local business like Elliott’s Kitchen, or an individual wanting to host something for friends and family, we’re appealing to everyone to get involved.  We can supply you with our Big Tynedale Bake Fundraising Pack which includes everything you need to stage a great event.”

All funds raised will support the work of the Hospice which provides palliative nursing care to people in their own homes, Family Support Services and a Hospital Transport Service to people living in Tynedale, West Northumberland, Ponteland and the surrounding areas.

Cathy continued “Demand for our services continues to grow.  In the last year alone our Family Support Team has seen the number of children and adults they work with more than double.  The number of people using our Hospital Transport Service has also more than doubled to over 130 over the past year, compared to 58 the year before, and our in home nursing service is always in high demand.

“It costs over £800,000 to run these services each year and 90% of this must be raised through fundraising activities and voluntary giving.  We hope the Big Tynedale Bake will capture people’s imagination and they will rush to pull on their aprons and get involved.”

The Big Tynedale Bake will is taking place throughout the summer.  If you’d like to get involved, please email:fundraising@tynedalehospice.com, telephone 01434 606 444 or visit www.tynedalehospice.com.