News: Get baking for The Beatson!

Beatson Bake Off Helen vass


Helen Vass, Scottish baking superstar, has teamed up with Beatson Cancer Charity to launch its latest fundraising campaign – Big Beatson Bake Off.

The champion of the popular BBC2 television programme ‘The Bake Off: Crème de la Crème’ is calling on everyone who have been touched by the wonderful support provided by Beatson Cancer Charity to put their baking skills to the test to raise vital funds for patients and their families who are affected by cancer.

Beatson Bake Off Helen vassWhether you’re a bold baker or more of a budding cake taster, the charity is encouraging everyone to get together this summer with friends, family or colleagues to hold a Big Beatson Bake Off, serving up everything from buns and baps, cupcakes and cookies to flans and fruitcakes, to raise as much money as possible for The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre (The Beatson) and its related facilities.

Helen Vass, who is a pastry chef at The Three Chimneys restaurant in Skye, said: “I am honoured to be fronting Beatson Cancer Charity’s Big Beatson Bake Off as my father had been looked after at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre before he passed away. We all know someone who has been affected by cancer in some way and understand how difficult the journey can be. Beatson Cancer Charity really goes above and beyond to provide patients and their families with support in so many different ways, and I would like to recognise the poignant work they do to help everyone, no matter what stage they are at in their journey.

“It really doesn’t matter if you’re a star baker or guilty of turning out a few soggy bottoms, I would like to encourage as many people as possible to roll up their sleeves and get baking for The Beatson Cancer Charity – let’s fundraise for this fantastic charity together.”

Beatson Bake Off Helen vass

All funds raised from the event will help the charity provide vital specialist staff posts including nursing, radiography, physics and research based staff as well as funding enhanced medical equipment, innovative service developments, research projects and educational initiatives to support the 8000 new patients who attend the The Beatson and its related facilities each year.

Maisie Hamilton, Community Fundraising Manager at Beatson Cancer Charity, said: “The country has gone baking mad once again! We’re encouraging as many people as possible to brush down their baking tools, get their mitts on and have some baking fun with friends, family and colleagues this summer.

“Today we recruited the help of ‘Bake Off: Crème de la Crème’ winner, Helen Vass, to kick start the campaign but now it’s down to the public to dig out their pinnies, grab their rolling pins and take part in the Big Beatson Bake Off – together we can help beat cancer with every tasty bite!”

To order your Big Beatson Bake Off kit please visit / phone 0141 212 0505 or email

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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

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