The Great British Bake Off inspires millions of people to bake for charity

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Research published today by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) found that bake sales in Great Britain helped raise an estimated £185 million for charities last year.

It also found that the popular show has encouraged a nation of amateur bakers to put the fun into fundraising by inspiring nearly 6 million to take part in charity bake sales.

In the past 12 months almost four million people in Great Britain have baked for charity while nearly 15 million have bought food from a charity bake sale, and on average people spent £12 on fundraising bake sales.

Baking for charity is most popular among 25 to 34 year olds with 13% of them having baked for a good cause in the past 12 months.

People living in Yorkshire and Humber are most likely to have made a purchase in a charity bake sale.

Charities across the UK have benefited from the efforts of amateur bakers.

In 2014 the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning by Macmillan Cancer Support raised a record breaking £25m while bake sales by Marie Curie Cancer Care, Great Ormond Street Hospital, children’s medical research charity Sparks and Help For Heroes also raised substantial sums.

The Great British Bake Off is presented by Mel and Sue, the new series is on BBC One on Wednesday 5 August.