Sheffield hospital cooks up tasty treats to raise vital cash

The cake baked in the shape of the future new-look children's hospital.
The cake baked in the shape of the future new-look children's hospital.
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You may have seen the artist’s impressions – but this is the future shape of Sheffield Children’s Hospital in a rather different form.

A giant sponge cake modelled on designs for the site’s £40 million redevelopment has been baked to launch a competition in aid of the work.

The Global Bake Off contest will raise cash for the hospital’s Make It Better campaign, which is funding a series of enhancements for the new build.

Budding patissiers are being encouraged to bake something unique which they can sell to friends and family, giving the proceeds to the children’s hospital charity – as well as being in with the chance of winning £100.

The contest is being run by staff and is part of the Mistress Cutler’s Challenge. Entrants can make sweet or savoury – anything from bread loaves in the shape of animals to multicoloured cakes with dozens of layers.

Executive director Jeremy Loeb, who is leading the Hospital Development Project Team, said: “We thought it’d be a great idea - it’s something so many people can get involved with, families, schools, children, staff and people from anywhere in the world. Everyone has their own speciality.”

A bake sale to launch the competition made more than £500 in two hours.

Simon Morritt, chief executive at the children’s hospital trust, said: “We want as many people as possible to get involved.

“We’re asking people all over the world who may have had a connection with the hospital or who just want to help to bake something unique and get involved in raising some money. ”

n Entrants should post a photo of their finished creations onto the children’s hospital’s Facebook page - – before ‘tagging’ themselves and their location.

Log on to to donate cash raised. A minimum donation of £10 is required to be in the running for the £100 prize.

Closing date is July 26. The Mistress Cutler will judge the contest on July 29.