Bake off for St Catherine’s Hospice day

TEA: Nursing assistant Mary Bonney (left) and nurse Bernadette Baxter
TEA: Nursing assistant Mary Bonney (left) and nurse Bernadette Baxter
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Cakes, buns and scones will be the order of the day as competitors take part in the St Catherine’s Hospice Bake Off.

The charity is hosting the contest as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations, and will see bakers from across the region competing for the coveted crown in four categories.

There’s all sorts of mouth-watering recipes inside, which have kindly been shared by those with a connection to the charity.

Bernadette Baxter

On the same day the St Catherine’s Cook Book, containing recipes put together by staff, volunteers and supporters, will be launched.

The book was inspired by St Catherine’s Food Fayre, which was released in the 80s to help raise funds for the hospice.

Crowds will descend on the Lostock Hall site on Sunday June 28, with categories in the baking contest including cup cakes, Victoria sandwich, tray bakes and fruit scones.

There will also be a category for bakers under 16.

The day will also see the launch of the recipe book, as well as afternoon tea and an antiques valuation afternoon.

Bernadette Baxter, who has worked at St Catherine’s since it opened its doors in 1985, said: “As we celebrate our 30th anniversary we decided it was the perfect opportunity to revisit the idea and put together a follow-up edition.

“There’s all sorts of mouth-watering recipes inside, which have kindly been shared by those with a connection to the charity.”

Afternoon tea will be served at The Mill cafe within the hospice grounds from 1pm, while experts from Warren and Wignall auctioneers will also be on hand in the marquee to value antiques.

Tea must be booked in advance on 01772 695277.

To enter a cake into the Bake Off contact Emma Jacovelli on 01772 629171 or emma.jacovellli@stcatherines.co.uk.

As part of the 30th anniversary Give A Gift campaign with the Lancashire Evening Post, the hospice is aiming to sell 300 copies of the book, with funds raised going to support the specialised care of St Catherine’s.