This post is the first in a new series highlighting Charities around the UK and the amazing work they do. One of the missions of Money Savvy Muslim is to give back to the community.
We all love to eat, but to bake is another story altogether!
I’m not a stranger to the kitchen (I’ve managed to keep my husband alive Alhamdulillah (praise be to God) for 4 years despite my disastrous attempts at times, not to mention some of the weird and wonderful stuff my guests have had to eat!).
When I lived at home with my parents in Yorkshire, I was incredibly privileged to have siblings who liked to bake so every couple of weeks we’d have fresh cookies, cakes and other treats.
I managed to make a few myself as well but it’s not my specialist skill.
When we were first married, I decided to bake a banana cake and collect a parcel from the post office depot all by myself on the same day.
Needless to say, I ended up lost in the countryside crying and somehow made my way home and the Banana Bread was burnt in the process!
I’ve never tried to bake again since that disastrous afternoon, but I rolled up my sleeves and put my big girl apron on and decided to bake a banana bread again for The Stroke Association.
WHAT IS A STROKE?
A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. There are more than 100,000 strokes in the UK each year; that is around one stroke every five minutes. There are over 1.2 million people in the UK living with the effects of stroke.
WHAT IS THE STROKE ASSOCIATION?
Stroke Association is a charity. We believe in life after stroke and together we can conquer stroke. We work directly with stroke survivors and their families and carers, with health and social care professionals and with scientists and researchers. We campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best recovery they can. We fund research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. The Stroke Helpline (0303 303 3100) provides information and support on stroke. More information can be found at www.stroke.org.uk
WHY SHOULD I CARE?
Having suffered a Stroke myself last year, I know the devastating effects of ignoring the symptoms of your own body and getting help when it might be too late.
Had I have gotten medical attention on time and my Doctor not ignored the signs because I was too young, I might have more function than I do today, but everything happens for a reason and I’m grateful I was diagnosed even if it was 3 weeks after the fact.
You may not think that a Stroke will happen to you, but I speak from personal experience that poor diet, stress and genetics may not roll the dice in your favour.
Stroke can happen to anyone at any age.
WHAT IS GIVE A HAND AND BAKE?
The Stroke Association is calling on people across the UK to roll up their sleeves, grab a mixing bowl and bake to raise vital funds for stroke survivors.
TV chef Rachel Khoo has joined the charity to invite local residents to host their own Give a Hand and Bake sale, all with the aim of raising some serious dough for the charity. The money raised will help fund world-leading research that will help to save lives and change the story for stroke survivors.
Rachel said: “The Stroke Association does fantastic work to change the story for stroke survivors. So join us this autumn and let’s get stuck in with Give a Hand and Bake. This fabulous charity fundraiser is the perfect excuse to get creative in the kitchen. My comfort crumpets with quick coulis are just the thing to wow friends and work colleagues so that you can raise vital funds for the charity’s work. For more inspirational ideas to help you Give a Hand and Bake for the Stroke Association, visit www.khoollect.com.”
Andrew Cook, Executive Director of Income Generation at the Stroke Association, said: “Across the UK, more than a million people are rebuilding their lives after stroke. By taking part in Give a Hand and Bake, you could help stroke survivors and their families get their lives back on track.
“As a charity dependent upon funds, we’d love people to have some fun and bake up a storm with friends, family or colleagues this autumn. The money raised will help make sure stroke gets the attention it deserves and fund innovative research into stroke care and treatment.”
This year, thousands of people across the UK will be donning their aprons for Give a Hand and Bake Week, from 23 to 29 October 2017. Visitwww.stroke.org/GAH to find out how to take part.
MY ATTEMPTS AT BANANA BREAD
Now, try not to laugh too hard, and if you do keep it to yourself!
I decided to recreate the banana bread but this time in muffin form.
I had some extra batter so I put into a loaf tin and it tasted OK, but the muffins went down a treat!
Here are some pictures from start to finish.
The whisk was a little strong, so I made a little mess!
In the end, they turned out pretty tasty!
I hope you enjoyed this post and will check out the Stroke Association and the wonderful work they do.
Speaking from personal experience, they gave me a lifeline during my recovery and Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah) helped me to gain back some of the confidence I lost.