TV Bakers Martha Collison and Will Torrent kick off 2020 by hosting inspiring baking events with Tearfund

Martha Collison, the youngest ever contestant of The Great British Bake Off and Will Torrent, award-winning chocolatier and patissier will host two inspiring evenings of conversation and live baking in Carmarthen and Bristol, in partnership with international relief and development charity Tearfund.

Throughout the Cakes, Bakes & Faith evenings the duo will talk about their careers, faith and share baking expertise, as well as taking part in a mystery live baking challenge. Guests will also have the chance to ask their burning baking questions and join in the fun by showcasing their very own home-cooked treats to be judged by the bakers and authors.

Ambassadors for Tearfund, Will and Martha, will also share stories from trips where they got to see the work Tearfund do first-hand to support communities in the greatest need around the world.

Martha visited Lebanon, where she saw how Tearfund’s partners are helping refugee families process the emotional impact of conflict and the trauma they have experienced in a healthy way through creative workshops and training programmes, as with 12-year-old Sara and 10-year-old Zain:

‘Sara and Zain were two of the bravest children I have met. War has put them through so much, but they draw strength from the community they live in. They are able to feel joy again, to love themselves and trust those around them. I have met people who have suffered so much trauma and are still suffering so much now but the hope I see Tearfund bringing to communities is phenomenal.’

In 2018, Will travelled to the Ivory Coast where he got to meet cocoa farmers being trained and supported by Tearfund’s partners in the region:

‘As a chocolatier it was a dream come true to visit a cocoa plantation and learn about the process first-hand from the farmers. Cacao is not simple to grow. It needs to be lovingly tended and nurtured. Tearfund’s partners offer technical expertise and support farmers, teaching them what to plant when, how to look after the soil and how to manage their budgets. Farmers are seeing their cacao harvests increase and are now able to support their families, send their children to school and afford healthcare when they need it.’

‘We are so excited to be bringing Cakes, Bakes and Faith to Wales and Bristol for an amazing start to 2020. It is the perfect mix of baking, fun and inspiration for all the family. We hope you come away not only inspired in your baking skills but encouraged that together we can see an end to extreme poverty in our lifetime.’

Fiona Michael, Tearfund’s Wales Team Leader, is looking forward to welcoming the duo to Carmarthen.

‘This is a unique opportunity to hear from two passionate Tearfund ambassadors in a beautiful and intimate setting, sharing their experiences of seeing our work. It will be a fun and informative evening for everyone.’

Tearfund works in over 50 countries around the world to help communities overcome the worst effects of poverty and disasters through a network of local partners and churches.

The Cakes, Bakes & Faith evenings will take place in Carmarthen, Wales and Bristol, England this January. Details of how you can book free tickets can be found at tearfund.org/cakes.

All money raised from this event goes to supporting Tearfund's work helping some of the poorest communities in the world.

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For further information or interview requests call Oliver Needham on 07929 353530, email oliver.needham@tearfund.org, or call the Tearfund Media Team on 020 3906 3131.
For out of hours media enquiries please call 07929 339813.

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Photo caption ‘Will Torrent and Martha Collison promoting the Cakes, Bakes & Faith tour’
Credit: Chris Hoskins/Tearfund

More details and tickets for the event can be booked at tearfund.org/cakes.

Cakes, Bakes & Faith January 2020 Dates & Locations

  • Friday 17 January - Bethel Church, Carmarthen, Wales
  • Saturday 18 January - Christ Church Clifton, Bristol, England

About Tearfund

Tearfund is a Christian relief and development agency and a member of the Disasters’ Emergency Committee. Tearfund has been working around the world for more than 50 years responding to disasters and helping lift communities out of poverty.  For more information about the work of Tearfund, please visit www.tearfund.org.

Will Torrent and Martha Collison promoting Tearfund's Cakes, Bakes and Faith - January 2020