Celebrity chefs bake up a storm for Be a Star, Bake a Cake fundraiser

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BASBAC5Rick Stein, Tom Kitchin and Deliciously Ella are amongst the celebrity chefs to come together to encourage the nation to bake their favourite cake for Bowel Cancer UK’s fundraising campaign Be a Star, Bake a Cake.

This year Bowel Cancer UK, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, is hoping more people than ever will hold a bake sale during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month in April and raise as much money as possible to help fund vital research and lifesaving work to stop bowel cancer. More than 44 people die from bowel cancer every day in the UK, it’s the nation’s second biggest cancer killer. However, it shouldn’t be. It’s treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.

Brian Turner, Eric Lanlard, Tom Aikens, the Hairy Bikers, Gennaro Contaldo, Deliciously Ella, Mark Greenaway, Tom Kitchin and Rick Stein have all whipped up their favourite recipes for the campaign.

Steph Mills, Community Fundraising Manager at Bowel Cancer UK says: “Whether you’re a whiz in the kitchen or if baking sends you into a tiz, our celebrity chef supporters have a recipe for you. Test your soufflé skills with a delicious Chocolate Orange Soufflé by the Hairy Bikers, make your chocolate brownies less devilish with Deliciously Ella’s sweet potato brownies or if you’re after indulgence, Tom Aikens chocolate cake will satisfy your sweet tooth. Then hold a cake stall, coffee morning or afternoon tea and invite your friends, family and colleagues to make a donation and sample the delicious treats”.

French pâtissier Eric Lanlard says: “I’m supporting Bowel Cancer UK’s Be a Star, Bake a Cake campaign as I’d like to raise awareness to stop bowel cancer – every 15 mins in the UK someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer – let’s get baking and help spread the word!”

British chef, Brian Turner CBE, says: “Cook up a storm this April for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month! Treat your friends, family and work colleagues to your favourite homemade cake and raise awareness of bowel cancer. Go for it!”

Full list of celebrity chefs and their recipes:
•    Brian Turner – Be a Star, Bake a Cake Cupcakes
•    Eric Lanlard – Lemon Meringue Cupcakes
•    Tom Aikens – Chocolate Cake
•    Hairy Bikers – Chocolate Orange Soufflé
•    Gennaro Contaldo – Pear & Chocolate Cake
•    Deliciously Ella – Sweet Potato Brownies
•    Mark Greenaway – Chocolate Marmalade Fondant
•    Mark Geenaway – Sticky Toffee Pudding Cupcakes
•    Brian Turner – Chocolate & Hazelnut Cake
•    Tom Kitchin – Carrot Cake Cupcakes
•    Rick Stein – Sunken Chocolate Cake
•    Wendi Peters – Lettuce, Raisin & Walnut Cake

Your bake will make a real difference – sign-up here: bowelcanceruk.org.uk/be-a-star,-bake-a-cake

About Bowel Cancer UK 
Bowel Cancer UK is the UK’s leading bowel cancer research charity, determined to save lives and improve the quality of life for all those affected by bowel cancer. The charity supports and influences research, educates patients, the public and professionals about bowel cancer and campaigns for early diagnosis and best treatment and care for all those affected. For more information, visit bowelcanceruk.org.uk

About bowel cancer
Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK and the second biggest cancer killer, affecting both men and women. Every 15 minutes in the UK someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer. That’s over 41,000 people every year.

Bowel cancer is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer. However, this drops significantly as the disease develops. Early diagnosis really does save lives.

Symptoms of bowel cancer include:
•    Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo
•    A change in bowel habit lasting three weeks or more
•    Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
•    Unexplained weight loss
•    A pain or lump in your tummy

Most people with these symptoms don’t have bowel cancer. Other health problems can cause similar symptoms. But if you have one or more of these, or if things just don’t feel right, go to see your GP.

Scientists think around half (54 per cent) of all bowel cancers could be prevented by having a healthier lifestyle. You can reduce your risk by:
•    eating a healthier diet
•    taking more exercise
•    cutting down on alcohol and
•    stopping smoking

We all like a treat every now and again, but these should only be eaten occasionally as part of a healthy balanced diet.

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