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Lizzie Acker judges baking contest for Claire House

Lizzie Acker of Great British Bake Off took on the role of judge for a charity baking competition held at Claire House Children’s Hospice.

Lizzie, who was born in Liverpool, was the special guest at the bake-off, which was a part of the charity’s Butterfly Bake that takes places all of March.

Lizzie Acker judges baking contest for Claire House

The event raises awareness of the essential end-of-life care provided by the Wirral children’s hospice and in homes located all over Merseyside, Cheshire, and North Wales.

During her visit, Lizzie said:

“Claire House is an amazing place. I found it crazy just how much care is given in so many ways along just one corridor.

“The staff bake-off was fun because people love a bit of competition.  

“The highlight for me was meeting the actual Butterfly team. You don’t know what to expect when you’re meeting someone who deals with end-of-life care all the time, but the team were lovely, and so funny, and I told them some celebrity gossip!” 

In a video, bubbly baker Lizzie made a cake inspired by butterflies, which she then shared with her 103,000 Instagram followers.

She then followed in the footsteps of Wirral chef Paul Hollywood, who judged her creative bakes on the Channel 4 show, by sampling homemade cakes and pastries, alongside three Butterfly coordinators.

Lizzie Acker judges baking contest for Claire House

But Lizzie, from Hunts Cross, admitted she doesn’t want to take up the role of judge permanently, and added:

“I’m a happy-go-lucky person and bringing people down isn’t my vibe so I’m not very critical.” 

After embracing her neurodiversity on Bake Off and winning over Keira Knightley and other celebrities, Lizzie revealed that she is happiest when she uses her fame to support deserving causes.

She said:

“My nan encouraged me to start baking to build up my confidence as a kid and I love being in my kitchen – it’s my safe space. 

“But I don’t see the point of me endlessly baking cakes. Telling people what’s going on with neurodiversity or supporting amazing charities like Claire House is far more important.

“Baking is a great way to start conversations. It’s fun but it can also be seen as a type of therapy. I think everyone should try it for the Butterfly Bake.”

The Butterfly Bake bears the name of Claire House’s bereavement support programme. Claire House provided end-of-life care and support to one hundred babies, children, and young adults last year.

Emma Liney, Claire House Community Fundraiser who was crowned star baker, said the team appreciated Lizzie taking time out of her busy schedule.

She said:

“It was wonderful to welcome Lizzie to the hospice. It was so lovely to tell her about how Claire House helps families and for her to meet some of the children and staff. 

“And it was great to hear about the work she does around neurodiversity and for charity. We’re so grateful for her support.”

To get involved and for more information this month’s Butterfly Bake head to the website.


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