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Martha eggs on bakers to fight child trafficking

Tearfund supporter and former Great British Bake Off contestant Martha Collison is calling on the nation’s bakers to flour their surfaces, grease their tins, break their eggs and get Big Baking ...

Tearfund supporter and former Great British Bake Off contestant Martha Collison is calling on the nation’s bakers to flour their surfaces, grease their tins, break their eggs and get Big Baking.

Behind her call is a big idea: every cake, bun and biscuit that supporters bake can raise money to help Tearfund protect children from trafficking. No Child Taken is Tearfund’s campaign to help protect children vulnerable to trafficking, disease and disaster.

"This is a brilliant opportunity to use our baking to express our faith and help others," said Martha. 

She is rallying home bakers to get together with friends and church and community groups to compete in their own Big Bake tournaments, or to hold a Big Bake sale or tea party.  

Cooks can turn up the heat on trafficking even further, by holding their Big Bake event in the week running up to Anti-Slavery Day, 18 October.

And holding a cake event in your workplace is a great way to butter up your colleagues. James Clee won Tearfund’s staff baking tournament and one of his signature bakes is Chocolate and Honeycomb Cupcakes (below). His recipe is included in Tearfund’s free Big Bake pack, along with other helpful resources.

"I never expected to win," said James. "Before I entered the competition I’d only really mastered Banana Bread. The tournament challenged me to try out lots of new recipes and I got to meet people at Tearfund who I’d never talked to before. Cake can open lots of doors for you!"
 
As well as being increasingly popular with his friends and colleagues, James is in demand as the family baker: "I made monkey-face cakes for my niece’s first birthday, and a truck cake when my nephew was three," he said. "Seeing the smiles on their faces was brilliant."

Bakers can get Tearfund’s free Big Bake pack by visiting www.tearfund.org/bigbake or calling 020 8977 9144.

PHOTOS: Martha Collison views entries to the Big Bake competition at Great Rollright, Oxon, summer 2015. Credit: Emma Hurrell/Tearfund

James’ Chocolate and Honeycomb Cupcakes. Credit: Tearfund

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