Raise some dough for Claire House with annual Butterfly Bake

Claire House Children’s Hospice is inviting families, schools, businesses, and groups to roll up their sleeves and take part in the annual Butterfly Bake.

Kind-hearted supporters can help their local children’s hospice by baking cakes, biscuits, pastries, or bread throughout March.

The Butterfly Bake is named after the vital end-of-life care provided by Claire House in Wirral – and everyone can get involved.

Claire House mum Angela Hunter, from Prenton, was supported by the Claire House Butterfly team when her son Jude died at 15 months old. She said, “Before our son Jude passed away, we knew the Butterfly suite was there, but we never really knew what it was. It wasn’t until the time came that we realised how special it is.

“The Butterfly team couldn’t have done enough for us, and all the hospice staff were so friendly and compassionate.

“They took away the worry of having to think or organise anything, we could just spend time with Jude knowing everything was taken care of.

“Claire House was our sanctuary, our happy place, without them there would have been a void.

“It would be amazing if as many people as possible could take part in the Butterfly Bake as all the money raised will go towards helping families like ours.”

Whether you’re baking at school, having an office bake-off, or swapping tasty recipes with friends, you can don your apron to help Claire House. You could even hold a bake sale at the local village hall or in your home. And every penny raised will help the charity to reach out to more children and their families in your area.


Cora Shafto, Community Engagement Manager at Claire House, said, “The Butterfly Bake is a great way to get involved with Claire House and to find out more about one of our most vital services.

“The bake is named after the end-of-life care we provide, and the butterfly symbol is used by children’s hospices because it is beautiful, yet fragile.

“Anyone can take part during the month and your support means we can be here for more children and their families when they need us most.”

The aim of the Butterfly Bake is to shine the spotlight on the end-of-life and bereavement support Claire House provides to families. When a local baby, child or young person dies, Claire House offers practical and emotional support during the toughest of times.

The Butterfly coordinators support bereaved families in the Wirral hospice or at home. They can help with registering the child’s death and funeral planning as well as collecting mementoes, supporting grieving siblings and offering a listening ear whenever it’s needed.

Key facts:

  • Last year, Claire House cared for and supported 100 babies, children, and young adults at the end of their life
  • £7 could pay for a parent to have a comforting chat and a cuppa with a bereavement specialist
  • £47 could fund a counselling session
  • £103 would cover a whole day of bereavement care, or £51.50 for half a day of Butterfly support

Claire House wants to be there for every child and their family across Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales that needs Butterfly support. To get involved in the Butterfly Bake, visit www.clairehouse.org.uk/events/butterfly-bake-2024/

Lead image: Jude and family – Credit Jump Children’s Charity

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