Candice Brown calls on families to make a ‘Great Rainbow Bake’ to help seriously ill children

Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown is fronting our Great Rainbow Bake campaign and calling on families to take part and get messy to raise vital funds and awareness to support families caring for a seriously ill child.

Now in its second year, the Great Rainbow Bake runs from Bank Holiday Monday 6 May until 12 May and invites families and friends to celebrate spending precious time together by taking on the challenge of rainbow baking, having fun while supporting Rainbow Trust to give families quality time together when it matters most.

Candice is encouraging people to ‘Bake and Donate’ either by making a donation themselves or selling their cakes to family, friends and colleagues. She is calling on people to visit Rainbow Trust’s website and read the inspiring rainbow recipes to suit all budgets and skill levels, including rainbow cakes from Candice and fellow Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain plus cake kits by Craft & Crumb to purchase.

Candice said:

“My top tip for success with your Great Rainbow Bake is to just have fun, get messy and get baking. Don’t worry if it doesn’t turn out perfectly – we just want you to have loads of fun while raising funds for Rainbow Trust.”

Rainbow Trust has again teamed up with GoodtoKnow and is delighted to also have the support of Craft & Crumb, an award-winning company selling baking kits. Craft & Crumb is donating £2.50 from every Rainbow Cupcake Kit and £5 from every Unicorn Rainbow Cupcake kit sold to Rainbow Trust.

Funds raised will help support children like six-year-old Phoebe Doneghan who is the family face of the Great Rainbow Bake in the North East. Phoebe was diagnosed with Fanconi Anaemia in March 2018, an extremely rare disease that affects the bone marrow and has been supported by Rainbow Trust for the past year.

Phoebe’s mum said: “Having our Rainbow Trust Family Support Worker Monica has been a huge support to me and my family. She gave us a much-needed break to do chores, make phone calls or grab something to eat. She has supported and guided us through a very difficult year. I would recommend Rainbow Trust to other families in need and we urge as many people as possible to get involved with the Great Rainbow Bake, even in a small way, to help raise funds for the charity.”

Oonagh Goodman, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Rainbow Trust, said: “We are delighted that Candice is fronting Great Rainbow Bake and are also hugely grateful to Phoebe, Craft & Crumb and GoodtoKnow for their support.

“It is time to dust off your aprons and get silly, get messy and get baking with friends and family to help us fund vital support for families with a seriously ill child. Money raised from the event will enable families with a seriously ill child to make the most of the precious time they have together.”

Rainbow Trust has eight care teams of Family Support Workers covering nine locations across England including two in London, Southampton, the South West Surrey, Essex, the North East and the North West.

When serious illness affects a child, like Phoebe, family life is turned upside down and time becomes more precious than ever. Rainbow Trust pairs each family with a dedicated expert Family Support Worker to help them face and make the most of each new day.

To get involved in the Great Rainbow Bake visit click here to sign up and download your fundraising pack which includes bunting, posters and cake labels.