How to host your baking fundraiser

Louis Theroux whisking eggs in the Bake Off tent

HOW TO PLAN YOUR BAKING FUNDRAISER

HOW TO PLAN YOUR BAKING FUNDRAISER

Top tips to help you plan a Showstopping baking fundraiser.

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Due to the Covid-19 outbreak and current government advice, we ask that you do not host your baking fundraiser at this time – but sign up now and we’ll give you a nudge when it’s OK to do so.

WHERE TO START

WHERE TO START

PREP CHECKLIST 

  • Pick your venue - at home, school, work or in your local community
  • Pick the date and time 
  • Share your event, invite your guests
  • Recruit your bakers and/or ask for bakes from your guests
  • Plan your baking event schedule – it's good to do this in phases. For example, include time to bake and time to get the venue ready 
Contents of the Bake Off fundraising kit

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The Star Baker merchandise oven gloves, apron and tea towels

LOOK THE PART WHILE RAISING THE DOUGH

THE BIG DAY

THE BIG DAY

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak and current government advice, we ask that you do not host your baking fundraiser at this time – but sign up now and we’ll give you a nudge when it’s OK to do so.

You can still do the planning, recruiting your bakers and getting your recipes in line for when it's safe to host your fundraiser. Keep watching the show for baking tips and recipes straight from the pros, Prue and Paul!

DONE AND DUSTED

DONE AND DUSTED

AFTER THE EVENT CHECKLIST 

  • Time to wash up 
  • Thank your bakers and guests 
  • Count up and cash in 
  • Share your photos 
  • Look forward to next year! 

How can I return my cash? 

Finally, send us what you make - the cash, not the cakes! You'll find all the ways to pay in your fundraising in your fundraising kit, including a giro, or you can pay in via your online giving page provided when you sign up for your fundraising kit.

Unfortunately, we are currently unable to process postal fundraising returns due to the Covid-19 outbreak, but please pay in your fundraising online where it is possible to do so.

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Planning the perfect baking fundraiser

Choose what type of baking event you want to do. Would a bake sale suit your venue? Would a ‘taste my bakes’ event be a better match? 

Where should I hold my baking fundraiser event?  

Haven’t got room for the Bake Off tent in your garden? No problem. Your workplace, community hall or home could each make a good choice for hosting your fundraiser. You’ll need somewhere to display the bakes and enough room to host/entertain your guests. Remember to pick somewhere that will be easy to set up and that your guests will be able to get to easily. If you’re planning on hosting an event at your workplace, make sure you get permission from your employer. You could display your bakes in the office kitchen.

Timing is everything 

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak and current government advice, we ask that you do not host your baking fundraiser at this time – but sign up now and we’ll give you a nudge when it’s OK to do so. In the meantime you can get planning! This will give you and your bakers plenty of time to prepare. 

How to host a healthy and safe baking fundraiser

  • People baking should follow good hygiene practices such as regular handwashing
  • Avoid baking if you are feeling unwell, this is especially important in light of the current coronavirus outbreak
  • Cover baked goods when on display
  • Provide tongs or serving slices so that people do not need to touch individual items

How do I raise money at my baking event? 

Think about pricing. You can use your collection box to collect cash on the day or share the link to your Stand Up To Cancer giving page with your guests. Just sign up for your free fundraising kit, and you'll receive this via email. If you’re organising a big event at work you could add prices on the labels for each bake and charge per slice. Or if you are hosting an event at home with friends and family, then why not suggest guests donate in an honesty box. It’s totally up to you how you want to charge your guests. 

How can I promote my fundraising event?

Let everyone know when and where your baking event is taking place. Use the poster in your fundraising kit, send a text or put a post on your social media. You could put up your posters in the staff room, office kitchen or local community centre. Why not create a Facebook event and link it to your online giving page to let everyone know when your event is taking place and how to donate. 

Need help with the invites? No problem, use this basic template in a text, email to get you started...

I’m hosting a fundraiser for The Great Stand Up To Cancer Bake Off.  

Please join me at (location) at (time) on (date) to get your delicious bakes in return for a donation.

100% of the cash raised goes directly to life-saving cancer research. 

Signature or Showstopper? 

You’ve invited your guests, now it’s time to recruit your bakers. The more baked goods you have, the more cash you will collect. Encourage your friends, family or colleagues to bring bakes and be the potential Star Baker.  You can give it a go on your own or if you are hoping to host a large event, why not get your family and friends involved with the baking too? The more baked goods, the more cash you collect – so get your family, friends and colleagues involved with the baking. You can sell the whole bakes or slices in return for donations. 

Awarding your Star Bakers

Treat yourself, your guests, or the best bakers to the Star Baker Apron, Oven Gloves or Set of Three Tea Towels from the SU2C Online Shop or grab them at your local Cancer Research UK shop to fund life-saving research.

Need some recipe inspo?

Take a look at the recipe cards in your fundraising pack or you can get your hands on The Great Stand Up To Cancer Bake Off recipe booklet. Get creative and add some spice to the event. Choose bake categories or themes for your bakers.  Need some help? You could ask your local shops or bakeries if they’ll donate some delicious goods for your event.