It’s per­fect for a pic­nic

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Be­ing a con­tes­tant on Bake Off was a life-al­ter­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. For me it was not about chas­ing fame or for­tune, I didn’t go into the tent with a game plan or an agenda. It was about hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to do some­thing I love and some­thing for me after a dif­fi­cult year. But bet­ter still, fol­low­ing my ap­pear­ance on the show I’ve been able to con­tinue do­ing what I en­joy and put it to good use help­ing oth­ers at the same time.

One of the or­gan­i­sa­tions I’m pleased to be able to help this year is Nel­son’s Jour­ney.

This is a lo­cal char­ity that of­fers sup­port to be­reaved chil­dren in Nor­folk. They’re put­ting my bak­ing skills to good use to pro­mote their Pur­ple Pic­nic week, when fam­ily and friends gather to­gether to hold pic­nics be­tween June 12 and 18 and fundraise to help young peo­ple in Nor­folk who have suf­fered a bereavement and need sup­port to get them through such a hard times in their lives.

Hav­ing met some of the young peo­ple that Nel­son’s Jour­ney has as­sisted, I have be­come aware of how much they help to re­build their lives when the worst tragedy you can imag­ine has hap­pened.

I have seen how what they do is not about for­get­ting or mov­ing on, it’s about hold­ing on to pre­cious mem­o­ries and sup­port­ing chil­dren to con­tinue to live rich and ful­fill­ing lives fol­low­ing the loss of some­one they love.

Loss and grief is never some­thing easy to talk about and it’s even harder when young peo­ple are in­volved.

This is why I think the Pur­ple Pic­nic is such a won­der­ful idea be­cause it brings peo­ple to­gether and why I’m pleased to sup­port it.

Each child who comes to Nel­son’s Jour­ney comes with a heart­break­ingly sad story, but this char­ity turns those sad sto­ries back into happy mem­o­ries.

A Pur­ple Pic­nic gives fam­i­lies and friends a chance to come to­gether, to cre­ate new mem­o­ries while re­mem­ber­ing the old ones, and hope­fully raise the sum of money re­quired to keep this amaz­ing ser­vice go­ing.

It’s pic­nic time! Kate Barmby shares her recipe for a mouth­wa­ter­ing gala pic­nic loaf.

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