Bakers called to rise to the occasion and help military heroes

Lorraine Kelly

Picture: Laura Haskell

Lorraine Kelly Picture: Laura Haskell

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People in the Portsmouth area are being urged to rise to the occasion and prove they are Britain’s best bakers to support a military charity.

As Help For Heroes (HFH) marks its 10th birthday this year, the Portsmouth area has been chosen as one of the key regions to be the focus of the Bake for Heroes campaign for 2017.

Bake for Heroes

Bake for Heroes

The News is proud to back the effort and is today urging residents to get their baking aprons on.

The ingredients for success are simple – supporters simply sign up for a free fundraising pack through H4H to bake cupcakes, sponges, biscuits, flapjacks or whatever tasty treat they fancy, and sell them to colleagues, family and friends.

All money raised goes to H4H, supporting wounded, injured and sick personnel, veterans and their loved ones.

Mark Waldron, editor of The News, said: ‘Beneath all this baking fun lies a very important message and cause.

‘By rallying round and really getting behind this, Portsmouth can help rebuild the lives of servicemen and women and veterans who have sustained life-changing injuries and illnesses while serving in the British Armed Forces.

‘I would urge the people of Portsmouth to rise to the occasion and help make a difference.’

Leading the charge is Claire Gordon, 36, of Gosport, who has been taking part in Bake for Heroes for the past five years and turns her small office into a giant bake sale – she has raised more than £600 since she started.

Claire chose to raise money for H4H because of her strong links to the Royal Navy through her work as a manager for the maritime capability trials and assessment unit at Portsmouth Naval Base.

She said: ‘It’s a really good way of raising money because most people enjoy baking and everyone enjoys eating it.’

Claire plans to hold her bake sale on April 24. She said she had received good support in previous years, but a concerted community effort was needed to get Portsmouth to the top this time.

Every slice sold will make a difference to help rebuild lives and taking part could not be more simple.

The Bake for Heroes campaign runs between April 15-April 30, 2017. However, if this is not convenient, people can choose a date that is.

Bake sales can be as big or small as you want.

A ‘roll of honour’ will be published in The News, showing all those taking part.

HOW TO TAKE PART

Getting involved is easy – simply register at bakeforheroes.org.uk or call 01980 846459 and mention The News, Portsmouth.

A free fundraising pack will be sent to every Bake for Heroes organiser to help make each event a success. The packs include collecting boxes, a sweepstake game, bunting, balloons and pricing stickers.

Those who sign up could win a Kenwood kMix, donated by Debenhams. Participants can also enter H4H’s ‘Best Looking Cake Competition’ for the chance to stay at the Bloomsbury Hotel in London.

To enter, send a photo and registration number to cakecompetition@helpforheroes.org.uk by July 31, 2017. This competition is open to everyone aged 18 or over.

n Let us know you are taking part by emailing photos to newsdesk@thenews.co.uk or by sharing your pictures on Twitter using the hashtag #BakeforHeroes.

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