Are you a whiz with the whisk or a marvel with the mixer?

Then why not take part in our Bake4Bairns fundraising challenge?

Backed by Tyneside’s Hairy Biker, Si King, Bake4Bairns is all about cooking up a storm to help the region’s babies, children and young people to thrive.

It’s simple to join in – just make your favourite sweet or savoury bake, donate £5 to the charity along with a photo of your culinary creation; then nominate five others to do the same.

Celebrity chef, Si, has kindly shared his favourite apple pie recipe from the Hairy Bikers’ Perfect Pies book to give home bakers some mouth-watering inspiration.

Si said:

I’ve been a long-time supporter of Children North East and I’m delighted to be involved in their Bake4Bairns Challenge. It’s important, particularly now in the environment we’re in, to get involved because small acts of kindness make a huge difference to families in need.

In the last year our staff have delivered more than a million minutes of support to our 5,400 plus beneficiaries.

That help begins from pre-birth - for example supporting expectant parents - right up to providing help to teenagers and young people 25 and under.

During the Covid-19 outbreak, we've also set up a range of new services such as a seven-days-a-week domestic abuse helpline and delivered more than 2,200 arts and activity packs to pupils and families around the region to help whilst they’re at home.

Senior Fundraiser, Carol Taylor, said:

With many events cancelled due to social distancing measures, we thought an at-home baking challenge would be a tasty way for people to fundraise and help North East youngsters at the same time. As we’re based on Tyneside it just had to be called Bake4Bairns!

We know how generous the North East is – and how much we love our pastries – so we’d love as many people as possible to get involved and send us their pictures. The challenge goes on throughout September right up to the end of October so there’s plenty of time to get cooking! 

More information about Bake4Bairns is available here