ReachOut Bake Off Challenge

On your your marks, get set…bake!

To coincide with the much-loved Great British Bake Off, we are challenging the ReachOut community to take part in our first-ever ReachOut baking challenge. We’d  love to see you whip up some weird and wonderful creations to support out work.

How does it work?

Between the 27th of September and the 7th of October, we want to see as much of our network baking as possible, you can get involved by doing one of the following things:

  1. Start a Bake Off challenge with your colleagues, friends or family. Decide your judging categories and simply ask for a suggested donation to take part. Let us know who your winner of the competition was so we can send them a congratulations and a virtual hand shake from the big boss of ReachOut, Bejal. Once the taste test is over, why not ask everyone to sell slices of their cake to raise even more money for ReachOut.
  2. If the competition sounds a bit too fierce, why not just host a traditional bake sale? Sell your goodies over a lunch hour in the office, or take them around to your neighbours and collect the sales for ReachOut.
How we can help

We can provide you with a fundraising pack to give you inspiration, which will include some delicious recipe suggestions, some tips on how to fundraise AND an interview with former mentee and our very own star baker, Rhiana. Download your pack below today!

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