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A week of baking fit for royalty

What a week, our Big Bake campaign kicked off to celebrate the Royal Wedding and boy, did we celebrate?

We aimed to bring communities, friends and family together using Big Bakea a chance to meet and socialise with new people. The Royal Wedding was a perfect excuse to swap our chef’s hat for a crown and our aprons for an outfit fit for royalty. Luckily the sun was shining and our supporters did us proud by raising lots of dough for the Hospice.

All week you’ve been sending in photos of your incredible bakes and parties and we were amazed at the effort and skills some of you have! We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who got involved by getting creative in the kitchen and raising some dough for St Oswald’s.

We managed to catch up with some of our supporter bakes to find out how your Big Royal Bakes went.

Kirsten Scott from Gosforth, held a Big Bake street party to celebrate the Royal Wedding raising an incredible £120! She said:

We used the Big Bake online resources including the sweepstakes and quiz which were excellent and we all had great fun. We also downloaded the certificates for the winners of the bake competitions. It all worked brilliantly on such a happy day. We even had special guests Harry and Meghan too! Thank you for all your wonderful work.

 Viv Butcher

We also had many lovely businesses who held their own Big Bakes during the week. It’s been incredible to see the amount of effort everyone has put in to holding their own Royal Wedding Big Bake celebrations.

Pam Laurie, owner of Bake Me A Cake, Monkseaton, made some royal themed cakes will all proceeds coming directly to the Hospice. She commented:

I decided to hold a Big Bake because I thought the theme of the Royal Wedding was a fantastic opportunity to benefit others. There was a lot of excitement for the Royal Wedding with many people having parties and celebrations, so I wanted to get involved – one customer even came to collect her cakes in her tiara!

Neighbours Vedrana Kutija and Julie Gibbons, Gosforth, held a street party on Saturday 19th May and promoted it everywhere they could. Raising an astonishing £910, we had to find out their fundraising secrets. Julie told us:

We had a fantastic morning, the sun shone and people from our community got involved as we shared it on a local Facebook page.  It was lovely to see neighbours out chatting, the weather definitely helped and the Royal Wedding added to the atmosphere.

Vedrana added:

I think that St Oswald's Hospice is an incredible charity that does an amazing job supporting patients and their relatives through difficult times. I benefited from that personally and I am sure that I would not be here saying these words if it was not for the care that I received while at St Oswald's Hospice in November-December 2016.


I love baking so I approached my neighbour Julie who loved the idea of a cake sale. We spread the word about the event quite widely through the neighbourhood and the networks of friends and my former colleagues. It was a full week of baking; I was even storing them in my friends' freezers as there were so many of them. We struggled to find space for everything as we started with 360 scones, 72 large cupcakes, 22 mini tray bakes of chocolate brownies and lemon drizzle cake and more!

At midday we had almost sold out of everything, just in time to watch the Royal Wedding. I was shocked when I realised that together we had collected an amazing £910! Neighbours commented how enjoyable whole experience had been and we all said that we should definitely do it again.

Natalie Santamera, Fundraiser at St Oswald’s Hospice said:

“I can’t get over the amount of support we’ve received this year for our Big Bake campaign. It’s been lovely to see communities and businesses getting together to celebrating the Royal Wedding whilst raising some ‘dough’ for us.

We want to thank everyone who got involved; whether you raised £5 or £500 it all goes towards providing the quality of care St Oswald’s delivers every day. Our Big Bake is a great way to raise funds and although we hold a dedicated week twice a year, you can get involved all year round.

To find out more please visit our dedicated Big Bake page here.


We know a few of you got involved with the games and sweepstakes on the Online Resources section of our website. Check below for the definitive answers to solve any squabbles.

The Royal quiz had the answers attached.

The Queens hat sweepstake – Green.

The Bridesmaid dresses sweepstake – White.

The official TV audience – roughly 18million Brits tuned in to watch the big day.

Congratulations to everyone who won!


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