This October marks the 21st birthday of Norfolk charity The Benjamin Foundation. To celebrate this, the charity’s fourth annual Butterfly Cake Bake is taking place throughout the month and anyone who enjoys making, or eating, cake can get involved.
The Benjamin Foundation works with children, young people, families and individuals across Norfolk delivering services that provide hope, opportunity, stability and independence. The charity was set up in October 1994 in the name of Richard Draper MBE’s eldest son, Benjamin, who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident. 21 years on, it helps thousands of people across the county. Its diverse offering includes a safe home for vulnerable children; a school for children experiencing challenging circumstances; support for parents and families in difficulty; support for young carers; supported accommodation for homeless young people; high quality childcare and kids clubs; and lots, lots more. Everything that the organisation does is driven by the needs of people in Norfolk.
Mary Berry, one of Britain’s favourite baking experts, has kindly given permission for her tried-and-tested butterfly cake recipe to be shared as part of the Butterfly Cake Bake.
How to take part:
- People wishing to host their own Butterfly Cake Bake can visit The Benjamin Foundation’s website to find more information, including Mary Berry’s delicious recipe for butterfly cakes which she has kindly given permission for the charity to use.
- As guests enjoy the cakes, they are asked to make a donation to The Benjamin Foundation. The website explains how money can be sent to the charity.
Tony Ing, chief executive, said: “The Benjamin Foundation does a huge amount of good work all across Norfolk, but that’s only possible because of the support we get from local people. That’s what the Butterfly Cake Bake is all about; raising money that goes directly towards helping some of the county’s most vulnerable young people, whilst having fun along the way! Because our logo features a butterfly it makes perfect sense for our cake of choice to be butterfly buns. And of course, we’re delighted that Mary Berry was kind enough to give us permission to use her recipe.
“I’m looking forward to the bake which my colleagues and I will be holding in our office, and I’d urge everyone to try out the same thing. That could be with your co-workers, at a school or social club, or even just for family and friends – gatherings of all kinds are great and we need as many people to join in as possible. All donations will be gratefully received and put to good, practical, use.”
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About The Benjamin Foundation
The Benjamin Foundation works with children, young people, families and individuals across Norfolk delivering services that provide hope, opportunity, stability and independence.
The services include:
- housing solutions for young homeless people or those leaving care
- resettlement services for rough sleepers and those in crisis
- one-to-one support for children in schools
- positive activities for young people with limited opportunities
- support for parents and families in difficulty
- high quality childcare and kids clubs
- services in local communities such as youth clubs, drop-in centres and counselling services, community cafes and re-sale shops, special needs groups and rural outreach.
The Benjamin Foundation is difficult to sum up in one sentence. But everything it delivers is driven by the needs of people in Norfolk.