2014 Great British Bake Off finalist Richard Burr judges very special bake off at GOSH

Busy builder and baker Richard Burr took time out during the week of the popular TV show’s final to appraise the baking skills of medical staff at the hospital and help raise awareness of Bake it Better Week.

Great British Bake Off 2014 finalist Richard Burr got the chance to be Paul Hollywood for the morning when he visited Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to judge a very special bake off with medical staff at the hospital to help raise awareness of Bake it Better Week.

The Bake it Better campaign asks bakers to gather family, friends and colleagues and organise cake sales from 13-19 October to help make a difference for very ill children from across the UK. 

Wearing a special Great Ormond Street Hospital apron, Richard got the chance to taste show-stoppers created by the hospital’s cardiac intensive care, chemical pathology and palliative care teams. These included a novel chocolate cake designed in the form of classic game ‘Operation’ by Ellen Henderson, a decadent and delicious ‘Black Forest Gateaux’ by Dr Nikki Costa and winning creation ‘Raspberry & White Chocolate cake’ with decorative poppies baked by cardiac intensive care nurse Anne MacNiven. Richard also got the chance to meet patients who came along to decorate cookies.

Richard joins Britain’s best-loved celebrity cooks, actors and authors in their support for Bake it Better. Sophie Dahl, Fay Ripley, Lorraine Pascale, Sophie Thompson and Kate Thornton (to name just a few) all kindly donated their own signature bakes to inspire the nation to get baking for a great cause. Bake it Better aims to raise more than £125,000 to help fund the hospital’s much needed redevelopment; replacing cramped, outdated wards with modern, state-of-the-art facilities where a parent or carer can stay comfortably by their child’s bedside.

We’re delighted that Richard came to judge our very own special bake off to support Bake it Better Week and thank you to all staff who took part. Please get involved and host your own bake sale next week - everything you bake will help us make a real difference to patients and families from across the UK.

Hayley Richardson, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity