KATE BARMBY’S COOKING
It’s perfect for a picnic
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.