Bake Off stars donate recipes to raise some dough for deaf children

15 May 2017

Selasi, Val, Andrew and other beloved Bake Off contestants have donated recipes in support of a National Deaf Children’s Society baking event to mark Deaf Awareness Week (15-21 May).

Deaf Awareness Week 2017 cake bake

The star bakers shared delicious recipes to help all those taking part in the charity’s Big Cake Bake event to raise some dough and some deaf awareness for the 45,000 deaf children in the UK.

Celebrated chefs such as Gordon Ramsey, Gino D’Acampo and the Hairy Bikers helped to launch the event in 2015, so these amateur bakers are in good company at the Big Cake Bake.

Val ‘The Cake Whisperer’ Stones shared a simple vanilla cupcake recipe for families to make together, biking banker Selasi Gbormittah gave budding bakers an impressive layered lemon cake recipe, and Andrew Smyth pushed the ‘cake’ boundaries with a banana pancake recipe.

Welsh TV cook Beca Lyne-Pirkis (series four), bearded Belfast baker Iain Watters (series five) and fun-loving Yorkshire mum Sandy Docherty (series six) have also donated recipes in support of the charity’s Big Cake Bake.

Hanna Sturman, managing the event for the National Deaf Children’s Society, commented: “We’re so grateful that Great British Bake Off stars have shared their expertise to help us raise funds and awareness. I hope all those excited for the next season will get involved in the Big Cake Bake and see if they’ve got ‘star baker’ potential!

“Most deaf children have hearing families with no experience of deafness, so specialist support is a real lifeline – but 95% of our services are funded by the public, so we couldn’t do this alone! Every penny raised by the Big Cake Bake will help us to improve the lives of thousands of deaf children and young people across the UK.”

To find out more about Deaf Awareness Week and download the recipes, go to 




Notes to editors

• The National Deaf Children’s Society is the leading charity for deaf children and young people. Our vision is a world without barriers for deaf children and their families.

• The Youth Advisory Board is a group of 16 deaf young people from across the UK who inform the work of the charity and help campaign for change.

• There are more than 45,000 deaf children in the UK. The National Deaf Children’s Society helps them thrive by providing impartial, practical and emotional support to children and families, and by challenging governments and society to meet their needs.

• For more information visit  For further support, parents can contact our free Helpline 0808 800 8880 (voice and text),, or 

Source: NDCS