What is Give a Hand & Bake?

Give a Hand and Bake is one of our community products. It aims to raise money to help support stroke survivors who face a daily struggle to rebuild their lives and honour those who have lost a loved one to stroke. The money you raise will help thousands of stroke survivors get the rehabilitation they need and the lifelong support they deserve.

When is Give a Hand and Bake?

Give a Hand and Bake week runs between 28 October – 03 November 2019 with World Stroke Day on 29 October 2019. However, don’t worry if you can’t take part during this week, you can host your bake sale whenever works for you!

Isn't it unhealthy to be promoting a bake sale?

Give a Hand and Bake is a chance for people to get together with friends, family and/or colleagues. Hosting a bake sale is a great way to do this, and we recommend that anyone taking part enjoys cake in moderation!

We’re also encouraging people to look into low or reduced sugar recipes. These brownies might have fewer calories, but they’re just as tasty. Why not give them a go? 

How can I support Give a Hand and Bake?

There are lots of ways you can get involved:

  • Don your apron or pop out to the shop and host your own bake sale either at home or in your community. Remember to use the poster in the pack to let everyone know when and where it is.
  • If you can’t hold a bake sale at home, why not see if your office will let you hold one? You can get everyone involved, and it’s a great opportunity for your employer to show their support for World Stroke Day on October 29th – you could even suggest a dress down day for a small donation. 
  • Like and share our social media posts on Facebook and Twitter, help spread the message of what we’re doing!
  • If you have children, why not see if their school is getting involved. If they’re not already, you could pass on the information you have to them and put them in touch with us. 

How can I sign up?

You can register on our website or email your contact details to giveahand@stroke.org.uk and we'll get in touch to sign you up.

I have never baked before, can I still take part?

Absolutely, it doesn’t matter if you're a baking novice or a star baker, everyone is invited! We have some easy recipes that anyone can follow, or you can even just pop out to the shop and buy something -  we’re not going to tell if you don’t! 

I don’t have internet access – is there a phone number I can call?

You can contact us on 0300 330 0740 to sign up to Give a Hand and Bake.

How will the money be spent?

We provide specialist support, fund critical research and campaign to make sure people affected by stroke get the very best care and support to rebuild their lives. But, rebuilding lives is a team effort and we couldn’t do it without the courage and determination of the stroke community and the generosity of our amazing supporters.

What if I can’t take part during that week?

Whilst we have a week that we’ll be promoting Give and Hand and Bake you can host your event on any date that works for you and a hungry group of friends. The main thing is to have fun and help raise funds for stroke survivors so we can help them get the best treatment and lifelong support they deserve. 

I’m not keen on baking. Can I do something else?

We would love everyone to do a baking event, however, if baking isn’t your thing, then why not ask someone else to host a Give a Hand and Bake event and you can help gather the troops or buy some cakes to contribute. You could even have a  competition to see if people can taste the difference between shop bought and home cooked? But if doing any sort of bake sale isn’t for you, don’t worry! You could ask to do a dress down day at work for a small donation, or host a quiz (for a bit of fun you could have some cake-related questions!) we’d be hugely grateful no matter what support you can give to Give a Hand and Bake – and we’d love to hear about what you’ve done!

I have never fundraised before, is there any support?

Yes, our fundraising pack is full of hints and tips on how to make your event a sweet success. Along with a donation form, collection box you should have everything you need, but if would like more advice, feel free to email us at GiveaHand@stroke.org.uk

Can I get any more materials?

Yes, if you head over to our website we’ve got a wide variety of decorations, games, posters etc that you can print out and use. If you’ve not already got our fundraising pack we can also send you one of those!

Who should I invite?

Why not invite friends, family, neighbours and work colleagues? It’s a great opportunity to catch up with people you haven’t seen in a while. If you’re hosting your Give a Hand and Bake event at work, why not invite people you don’t usually have a chance to talk to? It’s a great way to get to know other colleagues and it can be made all that much better with a slice (or two) of cake.

My pack hasn’t arrived yet. What should I do?

Your printed fundraising pack will arrive mid-September, but you don’t have to wait until then to get started - you'll receive an email when you sign up that will have a link to a downloadable pack for you to get started. If you can’t find the email don’t worry, you can just visit our website.

After this time - if your pack hasn’t arrived after 10 working days, please email us at GiveaHand@stroke.org.uk and let us know so that we can send another pack out in the post. 

Where should I host my event?

The easiest place is in a local community area, the staff room or canteen at work or school, or at home. Or, you could find somewhere more unusual to entice even more people to come along – we’d love to hear where!  

How much should I ask for donations?

It’s completely up to you how much you want to ask for donations. Some people like to just let people give what they want to, other people prefer to put a suggested donation of £1 or £2. You can also plan some extra activities to raise even more. How about guessing the number of sweets in a jar? Or we have a random number sweepstake game you can download on our website. And don’t forget to play “crack the egg” which was included in your fundraising pack!

How do I send my donations in?

  • Online: visit our website and pay in your donations by debit or credit card.
  • By phone: you can call our friendly Supporter Care team on 0300 330 0740 and they can take your donations for you. 
  • By post: send your donation in the envelope included in your fundraising pack to:

    Give a Hand and Bake,
    Stroke Association,
    1 Sterling Business Park,
    Salthouse Road,
    NN4 7EX

    Please do not send cash in the post.


How do I feedback any comments?

We would love to hear how you get on, or any thoughts you have about Give a Hand and Bake. You can email us at GiveaHand@strkoke.org.uk with your comments and contact details and we will be sure to get back to you.