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Hello bakers!

Hope you are all keeping warm and snuggly up in Auckland!

The next round is coming up on Sunday 21 June and the North Shore Hospice has asked for some help with their upcoming Volunteer Recognition function. So we were thinking the theme for next round could be All you need is Love 🙂

So think of your most loved recipes, recipes you know others love, and recipes that show that your love! A mixture of sweet and savoury and the baking that can be frozen would be amazing!

Carol from the NS Hospice writes:

I understand that the next round of delicious Baking for Hospice is due a week or two before the function and we were hoping that you would be happy if we kept aside the baking this round for the function.

We couldn’t function without our amazing volunteers.  Over 700 people give up their time every week/fortnight to help those in our community who are living with a life-limiting illness.  Volunteers are involved in every aspect of Hospice services including greeting families & visitors at our reception, making meals, cups of tea for our patients in our inpatient unit, running our day group programme, interviewing patients to create their life reviews, working in Hospice shops to help raise funds and supporting families in their home.  They work tirelessly to ensure we are able to give the best possible care to people in Hospice care.  We are incredibly fortunate to have such an amazing group of people in our community and at the end of June, we aim to reinforce just how much we appreciate them.

If it was OK, could we ask the next round be baking that we can freeze.  If you were looking for a theme – could it be ‘love’ – as we love our volunteers, and they give so much love to Hospice and those in our care……

Will email in the next week with the exact times for drop offs but in the meantime, if you can, pretty please email me:
1. If you think you can bake,
2. What you think you might be baking (approx number of cake boxes required) and

3. Which drop off site you might be dropping off to out of St Johns, Pakuranga, Onehunga, Newmarket, Albany, Forrest Hill and the NS Hospice.

Thanks heaps lovely bakers!

N 🙂



Dear Bakers,

Hospice Awareness Week is next week 18th – 24th May 2015! Thank you so so much to all those who have already raised their hand to help out – you are amazing!  The hospices rely so heavily on donations and community support to continue to provide their incredible services for free so thank you so so much for your time and energy and support you wonderful people!

The hospices are still looking for more volunteers so if you are able to lend a hand please check out below for what the North Shore Hospice and Mercy Hospice have lined up.


All the New World and Pak n Save stores on the North Shore will once again be running the Add A Dollar for Hospice campaign during our Awareness Week.

The North Shore Hospice are still falling short at some stores. If you are able to help out and volunteer for a couple of hours at your local store during the Awareness Week that would be fantastic.

During the weekend of 22-24 May Hospice North Shore will also have a presence in our Local Malls with community tables with information about the services Hospice provides and also donation buckets. They are also require volunteers to man this table and chat to the public if needed.

If you can help with either of these please contact Lynn Kenyon at
Lynn.Kenyon@hospicenorthshore.org.nz or DDI 09 485 3504


Mercy Hospice are still seeking volunteers to do bucket collection for Hospice Awareness Week this year. The dates are 21st – 23rd May and we’d love to have your company on the streets of Auckland collecting for Mercy Hospice.

They are particularly looking to fill Thursday shifts at Pak N Save Mount Albert, and Saturday shifts at Countdown Mt Roskill and New World Mt Roskill, as well as shifts on all three days at Onehunga. Other sites are also still needing volunteers.

If you can help please contact: Rebecca Hill on 361 5966 ex. 741, rebecca.hill@mercyhospice.org.nz


Also both the Mercy Hospice and the North Shore Hospice are also involved in the Hospice Cuppa campaign -anyone who wishes to register to host a Hospice Cuppa can go to http://www.hospicecuppa.co.nz and they can choose the Hospice they wish to support 🙂


Thank you again!

Nessie 🙂

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Hello Awesome Bakers!

Hospice Awareness Week is coming up in May which means lots of great events to help raise awareness of the amazing work the Hospices do.

In preparation for this, and because we have such amazing bakers on the team, the lovely folks at the North Shore Hospice and Mercy Hospice have asked for our baking help! There are 3 events coming up (more details below) please let us know if you are able to help with one or even more.

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Hello Bakers,

My goodness it was an absolute treat putting together this Wrap Up from the Christmas Round. Some seriously amazingly gorgeous baking and so much of it.  When we arrived at the hospice they were so blown away by the amazing generosity and incredibly high standard of baking so thank you so so so much to everyone! Massive appreciation for your talent and generosity and for taking the time out of a very busy time of year to bake some goodies for the lovely folk at the hospice!!

{My very awesome Mum and Jack drive me around for the pick up laying out the incredible spread of baking with Tammy from the NS Hospice and a B4H baker Cathy.}

{My very awesome Mum and Jack drive me around for the pick up laying out the incredible spread of baking with Tammy from the NS Hospice and a B4H baker Cathy.}

Check out all the amazing baking after the jump…

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Hello lovely bakers!
Just a reminder that the next round is coming up! Sunday 29 March is the day to jot down in your diary.

Thanks to all the people who emailed to suggest a theme – the vast majority voted for an Easter themed round and looking back we actually haven’t had this theme before so Easter it is! So think of your fav Easter goodies be it inspired by hot cross bun spices, spring, chocolate eggs or any of your fav Easter goodies! Good old pinterest also has LOADS of Easter inspo if you are feeling stuck: https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=easter

Of course you don’t have to bake to theme – the Hospices love shortbread, loaves, slices, anything that keeps well and would work well for patients (soft, easy to eat, not too much colouring)

The drop off sites and times are below: (please check your email for more details). Please note we have a slightly later time for the Albany drop off (Philippa’s place).

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{Clockwise from top left: Chocolate and macadamia cookies by Helen, Chocolate caramel slice by Portia, Joanne’s Apple muffins, and Wendy’s 2:2:1 slice by Owen. }

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{Clockwise from top left: Date loaf with walnuts and Guinness Chocolate Cake by Karyn M, Kimberley’s Coconut slice , and Lemon yoghurt cake by Zyanya.}

{Chocolate mint moustache cookies + family trying on the mo's}

{Chocolate mint moustache cookies by me + the compulsory ‘Mo’ photos before being allowed to have a cookie!}

Hello Bakers!

Here is the Wrap Up from our last round, the Father’s Day Round!  Very sorry for how long it’s taken to get posted! We had an amazingly creative and delicious batch of baking from you all!

Read on for more photos of the Dad themed treats…

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Dear Bakers,
Thank you for your patience over the yea! I’ve survived the finals exams yay! Have really appreciated your words of support and your putting up with late email replies and wrap ups!
Now that I’ve come out of exam induced hibernation, it is already time for the next round. I can’t believe I’m typing this but Christmas is coming up and that means it’s time for our annual Christmas Round! This year it will be on Sunday 14 December.
I understand that is a crazy busy time of year – so any baking you can donate is so appreciated! It’s the time of year when a little love through baking can mean so much to the patients, their families, the staff and we can also help ease the load on the volunteers working hard to provide morning teas and functions at the hospices.  The hospices love both Christmassy and non-Christmassy baking so they have goodies to help with the festive season and into the New Year, so if you have a special yuletide recipe you would like to make that would be amazing but all the old favs – loaves, slices, shortbread, savouries – would be perfect too!
The drop off sites and times are below: (please check your email for more details)

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