ActionAid need our help, now.

This wonderful charity work tirelessly throughout the year to give a better and brighter future to children who need one most around the world. I've worked with them on previous campaigns, and the further we can spread the word the better. This Christmas I have the fortune of being with family and loved ones, in a warm house, with electricity and running water, opening presents we have given each other. A lot of us will think of this as normal but for so many children in the world this is a distant dream of something they've never had. I don't know how much you've spent on presents, but I'm sure it's more than what it costs to sponsor a child in desperate need. With ActionAid you can sponsor one of the world's poorest, most vulnerable children. ActionAid work in over 40 countries with kids who are hungry with no food, sick with no medicine and in danger with no protection. But with your help, for just £15 a month, ActionAid can provide support and help to these children, to give them hope and a better future. You can also give child sponsorship as a gift this year, so if you know someone who has everything, or someone you've yet to buy a present for, why not give them the gift that keeps on giving?

The ActionAid Christmas campaign is focusing on 6 of the 40 countries they work in - Malawi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, The Gambia, Afghanistan and Myanmar - where the children are most in need. You can make sure that a child has enough to eat, a safe place to live and the chance to go to school. So please, please help if you can.

One of the previous ActionAid campaigns I worked on was also supported by actress Fay Ripley. She spoke passionately about her visit to the poorest parts of Africa, where she'd met children who had literally been saved by ActionAid's work. For this year's Action Aid Christmas #giveafuture campaign Fay has put together a recipe to share. So please share this post far and wide, and if you make the recipe, why not make a donation as well?

To make Fay's chocolate tray bake you'll need to do the following, and please make sure you buy fairtrade ingredients.

Preheat the oven to 200C. Line the tin with baking paper. In a large bowl, first add the cocoa powder and 4 tablespoons hot water.

Mix together, then add the butter, and caster sugar and cream together with an electric whisk. Once smooth and fluffy, add the eggs, flour, baking powder and milk. Whisk again until completely combined then scrape the mixture into your lined tin and bake for 35-40 minutes till firm to the touch. Cool completely before putting on a plate.

For the topping, spread the jam all over the top of the cooled cake with the back of a spoon. Now melt the chocolate in a glass bowl over a pan of gently simmering water along with the icing sugar and 3 tablespoons water. When smooth and glossy, pour it on top of the cake and smooth it all over. Again, the back of a spoon (the same one as before if you’ve washed and dried it) is good here. For a finishing touch sprinkle the top liberally with whatever cake decorations. It looks much better when covered in bits of chocolate/fondant pieces.

Recipe taken from Fay Makes It Easy by Fay Ripley (HarperCollins, £20) photo: Maja Smend


  1. Brilliant to see someone using their blog as a platform to encourage charitable donations! I don't really want anything for Christmas this year and it's really been making me think about the fact that I have the possibility to just ask and receive pretty much anything I want (but don't need) when there are so many who hardly even get the basic means to get by xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua Italy

    1. Thanks so much Lucy. I'm a massive supporter of Action Aid and all the amazing work they do, so wanted to spread the word a little. It's amazing how lucky we are living the lives that we do. I wish everyone was able to live so comfortably.

      R xx


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