Baking for charity

08 July 2016

Put your baking skills to use by raising money for one of the many wonderful charities organising baking sales throughout the year to raise funds.



Put your baking skills to use by raising money for one of the many wonderful charities organising baking sales throughout the year to raise funds.

Thanks to the popularity of shows such as The Great British Bake Off charity cake sales have been on the increase, according to the Charities Aid Foundation, which last year found that around £185 million was raised in a 12 month period, with four million bakers taking part. Selling cakes is a fantastic way for people to raise money for a good cause as well as being a fun community event, so why not give it a go?

Read the Dream Tea organisers’ tips for hosting a bake sale

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Dream Tea, to make a sick child’s dream come true

Wish-granting charity Dreams Come True host the Dream Tea baking event, where passionate bakers across the country can host their own Dream Tea fundraiser to help grant wishes for children with serious and life-limiting conditions.

More information: Dreams Come True

Free Cakes for Kids, for children in your community

Free Cakes For Kids pairs is a community baking project that pairs volunteers with families unable to provide a birthday cake for their child. There are nearly 60 groups across the country working to match passionate bakers with those in need, so check out their website to find out how to take part.

More information: Free Cakes for Kids

Bake for Heroes, for Help for Heroes

Bake for Heroes takes place over a fortnight in spring, but you can host your own throughout the year. Register to receive your free fundraising pack with everything you need to get going and raise money to fund support for veterans and their loved ones. There is even a guide to making your own Help for Heroes themed cake decorations.

More information: Bake for Heroes

Bake for Bliss, for babies born premature or sick

Bake for Bliss provide a fundraising pack including t-shirts, balloons, collection tin and more to make hosting your own charity cake sale a cinch. You’ll be doing a world of good for babies born prematurely or with serious illnesses.

More information: Bake for Bliss

Bake it Better, for Great Ormond Street Hospital

Bake it Better is an annual baking event to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, the world-famous children’s hospital. Host a bake sale at work, home, church or in a community space to help fund life-saving research, provide patient and family support and fund new equipment for the hospital.

More information: Great Ormond Street Hospital

Bake Club, for Children with Cancer UK

Bake Club has so far raised around £150,000 for the charity Children with Cancer UK. Bake your own cakes, biscuits, muffins or tarts to raise money and help save young lives. Baking tips, recipes and fundraising tips are all on their website.

More information: Bake Club

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, for Macmillan

“Cake tastes better together” is the slogan for the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, so catch up with old friends, meet your neighbours and raise money for Macmillan at the same time by taking part. In 2015 Macmillan were able to raise a whopping £25 million.

More information: Macmillan

Bake and Brew, for The Children’s Society

Host a coffee and cake morning for The Children’s Society, a charity that helps the most vulnerable children in the country by fighting poverty and neglect.

More information: The Children's Society

Dinner4Good, for your choice of charity

Dinner4Good works with a range of charities, including Barnardo’s, the RSPCA and CLIC Sargent. You can choose the charity you wish to raise money for, choose a time and place and invite your guests to a special charity dinner. Donations are all made online in a similar way to charitable sites such as Just Giving.

More information: Dinner4Good 

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