Laura works in CAFOD’s communications team in London. She tells us why she has decided to do double the baking this Lent to fundraise for CAFOD
I’ve always loved baking. But I’ve been doing a lot more since I became a mum. That’s why I’ve decided to double my baking this Lent to raise money for CAFOD’s Lent Appeal.
Since I had my son Alfie, who is now two years old, I’m at home in the evenings more anyway and I find baking a great way to relax and unwind after a busy day. Not to mention the treat of a home-baked cake that you get to share with your family at the end. And I like the thought of Alfie having a treat where I know exactly what’s gone into it, with no nasties.
There’s something so calming about baking that I don’t find with other cooking. Maybe it’s the precise measurements and instructions that give me a sense of control in a chaotic world. Or that every time you take a freshly-baked cake out of the oven, you can’t help thinking that a little bit of magic’s happened. The sloppy mess that went into the tin transforms into a spongy, golden, morsel that smells deliciously of warm, sugary sweetness.
As the season of Lent is all about transforming ourselves and the lives of others, it seemed like a great idea to double my baking this Lent. Especially as this year all donations to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal will be matched pound for pound by the UK Government up to the value of £5 million. So when I sell my cakes to colleagues and friends, double the money will go to CAFOD’s projects helping the poorest people in our world make a better life for themselves.
People like Meung Thein who lost two of his children in a massive cyclone in Myanmar. With CAFOD’s help his family have rebuilt their lives and the community have learned how to protect themselves from future cyclones. He says, “People all over the world should help each other and have a generous heart.”
So far I’ve raised £25 – which when doubled by the government is already £50 for CAFOD’s work. As someone who has had the privilege of visiting some of the people we help across the world, I know what a difference even this small amount of money can make. In Myanmar, £50 would give a teacher all the information they need to teach their students how to stay safe in an emergency. This type of information is vital when disaster strikes.
Follow my bakes on twitter @storrspouts, share what you’re doubling this Lent, take inspiration from Meung Thein and show your generous heart.