Get your bake on for Claire House

This March, Claire House Children’s Hospice is encouraging supporters to raise some dough and take part in the Butterfly Bake.

Throughout the month, there are numerous opportunities to participate, such as baking offs with loved ones and exchanging recipes, all in return for a donation to the hospice.

Cora Shafto from Claire House said, “The Butterfly Bake is a great way to get involved in fundraising for Claire House with friends and family, all whilst enjoying some tasty cakes! Be it in the office, at school, or in your own home – we want everyone to be inspired and don their aprons, fire up the ovens, get baking and enjoy yourselves,” says Cora Shafto from Claire House.

The Butterfly Bake’s objective is to generate funds for the hospice’s end-of-life and bereavement services that support families. The butterfly is the symbol that represents end-of-life care, as butterflies are beautiful yet fragile.

When a local child passes away, Claire House can support the entire family wherever and whenever they might need us. This care is vital to families going through the toughest of times.

Grieving mum Carol talks about the difference the support of Claire House made when she lost her twin baby boys, Archie and Elliott, “In hospital, it was so intense. It’s just so good that the hospice team were there to support us and provide other people to talk to. They also made me necklaces from Elliot’s hand and footprints that I have round my neck today.

“After the twins died, my husband Norman and I started counselling and we joined the Claire House Butterfly Babies bereavement group. It helps being around people who understand what we’ve been through. Friends and family try but sometimes I don’t think they know how to deal with it or how to react.

“Anything you raise will go to a really good cause.”

Key facts:

  • In 2022 Claire House supported 102 children and young adults who sadly came to the end of their lives – these children are our Claire House butterflies.
  • £7.60 could pay for a parent to have a comforting chat with a bereavement specialist over a cup of tea and a biscuit.
  • £99.02 could pay for a whole day of butterfly support.

Claire House wants to be there for every local child and their family who needs support. This is where the Claire House Butterfly Bake comes in. Just think, how much could your bake off or afternoon tea raise to support these families when they need Claire House the most?

To get involved in the Butterfly Bake, simply visit the Claire House website –  – to sign up and raise some dough for Claire House.  

Image: Carol and Elliot

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