Young baker smashes her fundraising target

Young baker smashes her
fundraising target

Eight-year-old Aliza was one of our Star Bakers during The Great Stand Up To Cancer Bake Off in 2018, holding not just one but two bake sales after her friend Phoebe was diagnosed with cancer. Her dad Fred explains how she did it.

Aliza first became aware of the devastating effects of cancer after losing both of her great grandmothers to the illness and when her close friend Phoebe was diagnosed with brain cancer in her first school year.

She was so moved by Eve’s story in Episode Two of The Great Stand Up To Cancer Bake Off in 2018 and decided instantly that she wanted to get involved and hold a bake sale to raise money for the cause. So we went ahead and ordered the starter kit and, of course, the Star Baker apron!


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Aliza had around £50 of birthday money she was saving which she decided to spend on a cake mixer to help her during the fundraiser. She decided to hold a tea and coffee bake sale for close friends and bake sale at my office.

She actually raised over £250 just by posting pictures and videos of her practice bakes on my Instagram and Facebook accounts and linking to her donate page.

Aliza holding her new cake mixer
Aliza holding a tray of cake pops
Aliza serving people at the bake sale she held at her dad's office

We spent three evenings preparing various cakes, buns and scones for the bake sale at my office and many of my work colleagues kindly donated cakes too. We priced most things at £1 but people ended up donating a lot more.

We sold out within the hour and raised a whopping £314.94 it was amazing! We held the tea and coffee morning at our house for friends and family on the last Sunday of April with a variety cakes buns and scones, and Aliza raised another £121 towards her total.

We are so proud of her efforts and achievements for this amazing cause - in the end she raised a staggering £886 for Stand Up To Cancer. She now talks passionately about her ambition to one day own and run her own bakery.

“Raising money for SU2C is very important to me because so many families are affected by cancer and if money I raise could help towards finding a treatment that could cure my friend Phoebe that would make so happy.” - Aliza

You can also be a Star Baker and fund life-saving research with The Great Stand Up To Cancer Bake Off. Get your free pack today – it's full of everything you need to host your own baking fundraiser.

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