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Thousands pre-heat their ovens ready to bake a difference for the RUH

Thousands of adults and children across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire are whipping out their whisks and pre-heating their ovens in preparation for “Ted’s Big Bake Off”, The Forever Friends Appeal’s annual fundraising week for patients and staff at Bath’s Royal United Hospital.

Now in its second dough-raising year, Ted’s Big Bake Off, proudly sponsored by BuroHappold Engineering, is taking place between Monday 17th and Friday 21st October and throughout the week, will see hundreds of schools, businesses and community organisations across the hospital’s catchment area pop on their aprons and get baking to raise funds for patients and their families at the RUH.

Together with their FABULOUS Ambassadors, Tom and Henry Herbert, the Appeal are still encouraging individuals and organisations across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire to register to take part in the fundraising week. Whether it’s holding a coffee morning, bake sale or hosting a bake off competition at work, school or with friends and family, you can choose your own recipe for success to help patients and their families at the hospital. Funds raised by your cake activities can be dedicated to support the RUH Cancer Care Campaign, which is raising a minimum of £8.5 million towards the build of a pioneering new Cancer Centre at the hospital, or a ward or department of your choice.

Baking brothers Tom and Henry, who have enjoyed 3 seasons of “The Fabulous Baker Brothers” on Channel 4, global success with DiscoveryNetwork, and now have two books to their name, are fifth generation bakers who are also famed for fronting Hobbs House Bakery, their popular family run business and cooking school in Chipping Sodbury. The Hobbs House brand has now become so popular that a new Bakery has just opened in Malmesbury, and the boys couldn’t be happier to support the RUH, who serve many patients from this area.

Tom and Henry will also be paying a special visit to staff, visitors and patients at the Royal United Hospital on Friday 21st October to officially open the Appeal’s closing activity for the fundraising week: the “RUH Big Bake Sale”– the biggest cake sale the hospital has ever seen! Last year’s Bake Sale raised over £1,000 for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign, in just a few hours, and the Appeal’s Events Team are now hoping to bear this total in 2016.

Tom Herbert, Innovations Director at Hobbs House Bakery says: “Join us, Big Ted and local baking lovers for a delicious and fun week of fundraising. It’s a tremendously tasty way to raise money for the Bath Royal Hospital. So bake your best and we’ll see you there!”

Events & Community Officer for the Appeal, Emily Lynch, says: “We’re really excited that both Tom & Henry will be visiting the hospital this year to officially open our RUH Big Bake Sale! We’re inviting members of the public to come along on Friday 21st October to meet the brothers, and indulge in some baking treats, courtesy of some of the finest bakers in Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire, all in support of the Cancer Care Campaign! If you are a star baker and would like to donate some cakes to the cause, please do get in touch with the Appeal’s team– the more cakes the merrier!”

If you haven’t yet signed up to Ted’s Big, it’s not too late! From Victoria Sponge’s, fairy cakes, breads, pastries and pies there’s something for everyone to enjoy…taking part in Ted Big Bake Off is a delicious way to show your support for the hundreds of thousands of local people who are cared for by the Hospital each and every year – the real icing on the cake!

Whether you’re an individual, business, school or community organisation, getting involved in Ted’s Big Bake Off 2016 couldn’t be easier! Simply visit www.tedsbigbakeoff.com to register and get your oven mitts on your FREE baking pack with tips, tools and tasty ideas to really add the icing on the cake. You could even win a visit from Big Ted himself! Plus if our baking week doesn’t work for you, you’re more than welcome to hold your event on a date that does.

Ted’s Big Bake Off 2015 raised over £20,000 for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign, as well as other wards and departments at the hospital. The Appeal team hope they can beat this target in 2016!

If you can’t take part in Ted’s Big Bake Off but would like to donate some baking treats for the “RUH Big Bake Off”, please contact the Appeal’s Events Team on 01225 825823 or visit www.tedsbigbakeoff.com

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