Help for Heroes is encouraging people to get baking and to raise money for our heroes. With aprons on and armed with piping bags, whisks and plenty of chocolate, seven military veterans teamed up with TSS students in a Bake Off Style competition putting their baking and decorating skills to the test. The participating veterans, who are all receiving support from charity, Help for Heroes received top tips from our very own Ms Docherty as they created show-stopper cakes. The event which was held in school launched the charity’s Bake for Heroes campaign which runs from 16 April to 2 May across the country.

Each veteran was paired with a student and they soon got to work coming up with themes for their cakes, baking and decorating. The ingredients were provided by Tesco.

Ms Docherty said: “I’m all about getting people to have a go, if it goes a bit wrong, it doesn’t matter. It’s just a great vessel for wellbeing. It’s a communicator with minimum effort. When I was asked to work with Help for Heroes, I just saw the opportunity to join the dots; what better opportunity for the kids here to meet veterans but also for the veterans to see how much admiration the kids have for them.”

Ms Docherty found the day very emotional. “Today has surpassed what I thought it could. The veterans have had a lot of fun, the kids have had a tremendous time and the feel good factor in and around school has been lovely. I just feel proud of what I have helped pull together and I’m very overwhelmed.”

Veteran Carl White, was crowned the overall winner with Year 9 student Finley Clarke for their beautifully decorated Easter cake. Carl served 14 years with the Royal Corps of Signals and suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He said it had been an interesting day and he was thrilled to win. His prize included a hamper of baking ingredients and Finley took home two tickets to a Bradford City Football Club home game.

Carl said: “I’ve not baked with a child for many years or, in fact, baked for many years. The cake came from an idea I did about 10 years ago with Kit Kats around it and I’m really pleased we’ve won. Sandy is fantastic and a great leader. If she does the Bake Off again, I hope she wins. Now I’m single, I tend not to bake any more but now I have this lovely baking hamper, I’ll crack on at the weekend and bake some cakes.”

Veteran Lisa Heath, who was medically discharged from the RAF in 1996 with back injuries, said: “I’ve just gone from not being able to do anything sat on my sofa on my own at home to now training for a triathlon and I’ve got friends again. I’m getting more confident and I’m beginning to be able to go out on my own. I’m laughing again. I was really nervous about today but it’s been brilliant. I love being with kids and I feel really good.”

Headteacher Mr Morrel, said: “I am delighted that our school is a part of the Bake for Heroes campaign because it is about sharing and being part of something good and meaningful. The day brought together people of different ages from different backgrounds with a common goal of having fun and sharing experiences whilst baking – what could be better than that?”