' Kitchen Hero', Donal Skehan, is calling on cooks in Meath to put their pinnies on and have their ovens at the ready to participate in the Great Irish Bake which kicks off on 30th November and runs through the first week in December in aid of Temple Street Children's University Hospital.
From coffee mornings to office bake sales to tea parties in schools, there are endless ways for bakers to get involved and raise these much needed funds. The money raised will go directly towards the hospital's main fundraising project for 2012/13; which is to renovate one of the oldest and busiest wards. This ward, fondly known to many as Top Flat, is home to some of Ireland's sickest children, a high percentage of which are children with Cystic Fibrosis. This is vital to the hospital and will allow them to give the best possible care to the children who come through the doors each year.
For those looking for a little baking inspiration Donal Skehan has prepared some delicious recipes which are available on www.thegreatirishbake.ie. This year The Baking Academy of Ireland have very kindly offered us a hands-on baking course for one lucky baker and up to 11 of their friends. All bakers have to do to be in with a chance to win is return the funds they have raised by 14th December.
Donal Skehan said: "Baking is great fun and holding a cake sale is a super way to raise funds for Temple Street! Everyone can bake and I would encourage you all to put aside a little time to collect your ingredients and have fun in your kitchen creating delicious treats in order to raise money for the hospital."
Denise Fitzgerald, CEO Temple Street Fundraising, added: "The Great Irish Bake is one of the campaigns we depend on to raise major funds for Temple Street Children's University Hospital. We care for over 130,000 children every year, many with life threatening illnesses. They have already endured huge struggles in their young lives, often in out of date and confined facilities- we truly believe they deserve better. Please help us to create a comfortable home for children under our care by supporting this fantastic campaign- bake a cake and help us raise the funds we vitally need."