Fresh from being crowned the winner of BBC One’s Britain’s Best Home Cook, Pippa Middlehurst, 29, will be re-creating the ‘taste sensation’ that helped secure her victory on the show, for a Big7Tea party at The Christie to celebrate the NHS’s 70th birthday.

Pippa, from Salford, who works as a biobank technician at The Christie, will be serving up her spectacular raspberry and mango cake, her personal spin on judge, Mary Berry’s Frasier cake, at the specialist cancer centre on July 5th, and there will be a social media campaign to win it. 

Pippa said: “I’m really excited to be using my cooking skills to help celebrate 70 years of the NHS at The Christie. I look forward to raising my cuppa with guests at the event to mark this huge milestone.”

Organised by The Christie charity, the 1940s themed event will also include tea and cakes for patients, supporters and members of the public as well as guest singers performing songs from the era and games for guests in The Christie garden. There will also be a charity instant win raffle.

Over the last 70 years, the NHS, with its founding principle of free, high quality healthcare for all, has transformed the health and wellbeing of the nation and has become the envy of the world. None of this would be possible without the skill, dedication and compassion of NHS staff, as well as charities such as The Christie charity which supports the service.

Patients, supporters and members of the public are welcome to attend the event which is taking place inside the Oak Road main reception area of The Christie’s main site in Withington, from 10am – 3pm on Thursday July 5th.

Lou Stimson, head of fundraising for The Christie charity said: “We couldn’t allow the 70th anniversary of the NHS to pass without marking it in a special way so following our team of 70 Christie runners who took part in the Great Manchester Run in May, we thought a big tea party celebration would be very fitting for the day. We are honoured that Pippa is making her sensational cake for this event and pleased that one of our lucky guests will be taking it home.”

The Christie charity supports the work of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust through its fundraising activities, and delivers projects, equipment and improvements that are over and above what the NHS funds. The charity has more than 50,000 supporters who helped raise £15.2m last year.

The Christie will continue its celebrations of the NHS anniversary with a staff summer party, and a Trust Open Day on July 28th.