Last Night, Combat Stress was the featured charity on the Great Comic Relief Bake Off. Our film, presented by Star Baker Paul Hollywood, highlighted the vital work that we do across the UK, helping Veterans to live a life free of trauma. During the filming Paul met and baked with some of the Veterans at Tyrwhitt House, Surrey.
Following Paul’s visit we have caught the baking bug. Veterans at our treatment centres, Audley Court in Shropshire, Hollybush House in Ayrshire and Tyrwhitt House in Surrey, have been baking anything that takes their fancy; bread, cupcakes, brownies and even quiche.
We want to invite you to get involved too and bake with us at home. Paul Hollywood has very kindly shared a recipe for Rhubarb Plate Pie and we hope you will go into your kitchens, get baking and share your photos with us on social media - make sure you use #MyCSBake!
Baking and cooking have calming, meditative effects on Veterans that can ease negative thought processes and use up adrenaline that is often produced by the body in response to the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is a great way for everyone to express themselves and, for those with a skill for it, can help them recognise their strengths, helping to raise self-esteem.
David Murtargh, Occupational Therapy Lead at Tyrwhitt House, said: "It was fantastic for Combat Stress to be involved in The Great Comic Relief Bake Off. The visit from Paul meant a lot to the Veterans; it made them feel valued and thought about. They often feel forgotten as their injuries are not visible, so to have a high profile person such as Paul visiting boosted belief that they are still remembered."