Cherry Healey and Claire Lara. Image by Matt Ford
A FUNDRAISING committee from Aughton is encouraging people to enter a cake for the North West Cancer Research Incorporating Clatterbridge Cancer Research’s (NWCR) O-Very Cake Bake.
On Friday, March 22, bakers who enter their cake into the Cake Bake will be helping support NWCR’s O-Very Ovarian Cancer Awareness Campaign and could be crowned O-Very Cake Bake Champion 2013.
Ovarian Cancer affects nearly 7,000 and kills almost 4,400 women every year. Dubbed the ‘silent killer’, ovarian cancer presents itself with symptoms very often confused with other abdominal issues such Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
O-Very is returning for a second time and this year the competition includes 8 categories: Victoria Sponge, loaf cake, cupcake, French macaron, occasion cake, biscuits and cookies, cheesecake and scones.
Also for the second year, Wirral-born Claire Lara, winner of Masterchef: The Professionals and BBC3’s Cherry Healey will be judging the competition.
Anne Jackson, Chief Executive of NWCR said: “Last year’s Cake Bake was a huge success with people from around the region entering the competition. We hope that people from across the area will get involved with the Cake Bake this year and help support the O-Very campaign.
“Ovarian Cancer is an aggressive disease that is difficult to detect before it has spread to other parts of the body. On average, less than a third of patients survive more than 5 years after diagnosis. Although figures are improving in England and deaths from ovarian cancer have fallen by a fifth in a decade there is still work to be done. Detecting the illness at an early stage is crucial and we hope to raise awareness of the symptoms and enable women to know the warning signs.”
The symptoms of ovarian cancer include abdominal pain, fatigue, distension (swelling) and a loss of appetite.
The O-Very Cake Bake is Friday, March 22, at Leaf, Bold St, Liverpool. Entrants can enter cakes from 11am – 2pm and the winners will be announced at 5.45pm. There is a £5 entry fee per cake.
To find out more about North West Cancer Research, the O-Very Cake Bake and the O-Very Ovarian Awareness Campaign please visit www.nwcr.org