Take the Great British Bake Off judges and add two comic hosts; mix with four celebrity bakers and stir well. Serve a giant biscuit, 12 fruit tarts and a show stopping chocolate cake. Sprinkle with lashings of humour and good will for an international cause and guarantee a large and enthusiastic following for the weeks ahead.
More often than not, the news is negative. Stories of war, atrocity, accident or disaster dominate the headlines such that the world feels a dark place indeed. Too often it feels as if we have to search for stories of hope or courage, stories that inspire and lift the spirits. Which is why the headline Red Noses for the Bake Off Team caught my eye.
On 11 February, the stars of Absolutely Fabulous, Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley along with Dame Edna Everage and the singer Lulu will join the Bake Off team in the tent. As always, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood will judge biscuits, tarts, cakes, bread and pies all of which will be baked in support of a good cause. The Great Comic Relief Bake Off will run for four weeks up until Red Nose Day on March 13. Once again, Bake Off fans of all ages will be inspired to bake in their own kitchen. But we will also be motivated to support fundraising that will transform the lives of millions of people at home in the UK and across Africa. Since the last Red Nose Day, Comic Relief has spent £99 million helping 12 million people who are living tough and challenging lives. Will you join in, have fun and raise some life changing money this year? Ready, steady, bake!
Revd Canon Nikki Arthy, Rector of Gloucester City and Hempsted and Residentiary Canon at Gloucester Cathedral
To find out more about how to support this year’s Red Nose Day, visit www.rednoseday.com.