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Beckenham’s Great British Bake Off star Jane Beedle brings a slice of baking brilliance to Great Ormond street Hospital

PUBLISHED: 17:00 11 April 2018

Jane joined a group of fellow contestants to surprise patients and staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Picture: John Stead

Jane joined a group of fellow contestants to surprise patients and staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Picture: John Stead

John Stead GOSH

Beckenham’s Great British Bake Off Star Jane Beedle took a break from her London Marathon training and joined a group of fellow contestants to surprise patients and staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

The bakers, all former contestants of the show, helped to make some tasty sweet treats, shared their baking expertise and spoke with patients and staff.

Part of the Bakers Dozen team, Jane will be taking part in this year’s London Marathon to support GOSH, helping to raise much needed money for seriously ill children across the UK.

During their visit, they got to see first-hand where the money they are raising will be going.

One of the young patients Jane met was fifteen-year-old Gursimran, who is being treated at GOSH for a kidney condition.

He said: “I’ve really enjoyed all the baking and meeting the Bake Off contestants on the ward, it’s been so much fun.”

Jane said: “It has probably been 50 years since I’ve visited GOSH, how different it looks now!

“It was a joy to meet the children and the staff, there was such a lovely atmosphere on the ward and the kids were truly inspirational.

“It was very humbling to see how cheerful and positive they were, it certainly put life into perspective and if I needed a reason to get out and train for the Marathon then this certainly did it for me.”

More than 300 runners will be taking part in the marathon on behalf of GOSH this year, where they hope to raise a target of more than £600,000 for the hospital’s most urgent fundraising needs.

These include pioneering research projects to find treatments for complex childhood diseases, providing advanced equipment and supporting the rebuilding and refurbishment of facilities.

Laura Savory, head of community fundraising at GOSH Children’s Charity, said: “We’re really grateful to the Great British Bake Off runners and all our supporters for taking part in this amazing challenge and we can’t wait to be there on the day to cheer everyone on!

“With the money raised, we can make a real difference to the lives of seriously ill children.”

To sponsor Jane please visit: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JaneBeedle

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