Ready, steady, bake: Schoolchildren’s Christmas fundraiser

Pupils from a primary school in Warrington have raised an impressive amount of money for the development charity CAFOD and St Rocco’s Hospice by hosting their very own version of The Great British Bake Off within school.


The winners of the Bake Off!

Pupils from reception through to year six at Our Lady’s Catholic primary school baked an array of different Christmas themed cakes, cupcakes and biscuits to impress the judges: a panel of pupils from the school’s ‘Mini Vinnies’ group and two of the school’s governors.

The ‘Mini Vinnies’ group was formed with the intention of ‘turning concern into action’ and meet weekly after school to plan activities that make a difference to the world around them, such as singing in old people’s homes and raising money for charities.


Just some of the cakes on offer!

The grand total, £136, was raised by the children when their homemade cakes were sold at the Christmas fair later that day.

Mrs O’Hara, who heads up the group, said: “The highlight of the day was the number of entries we had and the enthusiasm, hard work and variety of creative cakes that came from the children.

“Fundraising for good causes is at the heart of our school and it’s great for the children to be able to know they’re making a difference while having fun!”

Every child who took part was awarded a certificate.

One pupil from a year five class, who is involved with the Mini Vinnies group, added: “My favourite part of the day was eating the cakes and sending the money off to the charities we’d helped! I like helping other people to have a fairer life.”

The winners and runners up of the competition received an apron with ‘star baker’ embroidered on the front.

One of CAFOD’s local representative in Shrewsbury, Bridget Fenwick, said: “The cakes looked absolutely delicious and what an inventive way to raise money for charity.”

Fellow representative, Katie Hallows, added: “Their actions will help to transform the lives of other children who live in the poorest communities across the world. Well done!”

Find out more about CAFOD’s work in schools


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