Call to help stroke victims with charity baking initiative

People in South Tyneside have been urged to help stroke victims by taking part in a charity baking initiative.

Wednesday, 21st September 2016, 1:28 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th October 2016, 1:11 pm
Jennifer Tufts is urging people to take part in the bake.

Stroke survivor Jennifer Tufts, who is a trained chef and ran her own cake business for 20 years, is encouraging people to participate in ‘Give a Hand and Bake’ in aid of the Stroke Association.

It is taking place between October 24 and 30 across the UK.

Great-grandmother Jennifer, 71, from South Shields, had her life completely changed by a stroke in January 2015, but has found ways to overcome the challenges she has faced, and her cake making is still thriving.

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The stroke affected her left-hand side, leaving her with weakness in her hand, and a mini-stroke in May of this year affected the strength in her right side.

She said: “After my first stroke I couldn’t do anything, but I had a physiotherapist come and visit me every day. It was frustrating but I gradually got back to baking. Although it was hard at first, with determination I got there.”

Kelly Knighting-Wykes, community and events fundraising manager at the Stroke Association, said: “Jennifer’s recovery is truly inspiring.

“This October, we’re looking for bakers to help raise some serious dough for people recovering from stroke.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned chef or a first time baker, all you’ll need is a generous dollop of enthusiasm and a hungry group of friends and you’ll have the perfect recipe for fundraising success.

For more information on how you can bake a difference and to get a free pack, visit