Time to release your inner Mary Berry ...

March 03 2017

WOULD-BE Mary Berrys - and Paul Hollywoods - are being encouraged to support a much-loved local charity by baking and eating.

WOULD-BE Mary Berrys - and Paul Hollywoods - are being encouraged to support a much-loved local charity by baking and eating.

Keen bakers and cake lovers alike are being called upon to support St Peter’s Hospice by getting involved with its 2017 Ready, Steady, Bake campaign.

Taking place throughout the whole of March, Ready Steady Bake will see supporters across the city whip up a storm in the kitchen and hold tea parties, cake sales and coffee mornings to raise money for Bristol’s only adult hospice. 

Volunteers and staff at the charity's Hanham shop held their cake sale on Friday March 3 and saw the store even busier than usual as people flocked to buy tasty treats while shopping for bargains.

The Hanham shop is one of 50 of the charity’s stores hosting their own cake sale. Staff will also be selling special ‘Great Bake Packs’ which will include baking essentials to help participants along the way.

The 2016 Ready, Steady, Bake campaign raised an incredible £10,000 for St Peter’s Hospice, with over 100 events held across Bristol. Fundraisers at the charity hope to top this total with this year’s campaign. 

St Peter’s Hospice community fundraiser, Petra Littlefair, said: “Whatever you bake or buy, whether you use your best vintage china or paper plates, all the money raised will help local families living with terminal illness.

“Those who register their cake sale or tea party with us will receive free party goodies. We raised an amazing total last year and people really got behind it, so we’re hoping for the same this year.

“If you don’t want to hold a party yourself, keep an eye out for cake sales taking place at your local shop or simply pick up a Great Bake Pack which will make a lovely addition to your kitchen or a great gift for a friend.”

As Bristol’s only adult hospice, St Peter’s Hospice cares for more than 2,670 patients each year as well as supporting family members. 

All services are provided free of charge for patients and their families and this care costs around £19,000 a day. The charity relies upon donations from fundraising and money generated by the 50 hospice charity shops in Bristol and surrounding districts.

To find out more about St Peter’s Hospice or to register a party visit http://www.stpetershospice.org.uk/events/events/2017/03/01/ready-steady-bake