Grace's at-home bake off challenge for Compton Care

A student has raised hundreds for Compton Care through a virtual baking challenge in memory of her mum.

Grace Kendrick, right, with her sister, Lydia, who has joined her in the fundraiser
Grace Kendrick, right, with her sister, Lydia, who has joined her in the fundraiser

Grace Kendrick, aged 24, from Trescott, who studies at the University of Law in Birmingham, started the #HomeBakeOffChallenge after being inspired by other online challenges such as Run for Heroes and Tik Tok's plank challenge.

Her mum, Pearl, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer two years ago and sadly passed away in January aged 54.

Pearl found a passion for baking when she took part in a fundraiser for a friend who had cancer at St Bartholomew's Church in Penn, which raised £3,000.

Grace said: "My mum loved to bake, she would bake for every occasion and she was well known for it - 350 people attended her funeral and they all brought cake in memory of her.

Grace and Lydia's mum, Pearl

"She stayed at Compton Care twice and they adored her and really cared for her, they even organised a girl's night for her with cake, prosecco and strawberries. The work they do is incredible.

"I have already raised over £4,000 for Compton in the past but saw the urgent appeal from the charity to raise further funds for all their work during the Covid-19 pandemic and support their funds for essential PPE."

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Grace's online challenge encourages people to bake using the ingredients they already have in their cupboards, then share the pictures on her Facebook fundraising page and donate the money they would have spent on ingredients to Compton Care, then nominate five others to do it.

She added: "So far we have raised more than £300, which is excellent. A lot of people told me they were planning to do some baking over the Bank Holiday weekend too.

Cakes baked for the #HomeBakeOffChallenge

"I'd love even more people to get involved, especially more people in the community as Compton care helps so many local people.

"The fundraiser will end on Mum's birthday on July 19."

To join in or donate visit the #HomeBakeOffChallenge Facebook page.

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