Child protection officer gets star turn in The Great British Bake Off

Sandy Docherty, a welfare officer from outside Bradford, will compete in this year's series of the popular TV baking contest

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Great British Bake Off presenters. Photo: David Fisher/REX

A child protection welfare officer is set to compete in much-loved TV contest, the Great British Bake Off, when it returns to our screens on Wednesday.

Child protection officer

Sandy Docherty, a trained counsellor, handles child protection concerns and helps young people with emotional issues in a school near Bradford, where she lives.

She also volunteers at the school, running a cookery club where she teaches children from deprived backgrounds to bake on a budget.

Signature bake

The show will see her compete in a series of challenges each week to test her best signature bake, technical bake and show stopping masterpiece.

The 49-year-old told the BBC she had been baking since she was a little girl and it helped show her family, friends and colleagues that she cares about them.

Docherty said her cooking style “might not be glamorous but it’s tasty”.

The Great British Bake Off airs Wednesday at 8pm on BBC 1. Tweeting along? Let us know what you think @CommunityCare #GBBO.

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2 Responses to Child protection officer gets star turn in The Great British Bake Off

  1. Shirley potter August 5, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

    Why doesnt she say shes from Bradford, not LEEDS!

    • Hobbit August 6, 2015 at 10:15 am #

      She lives in Leeds, but works in Bradford.