LAURA CARTLEDGE: Helping others is going to be a piece of cake at the Big Sleep Out

CAKE for good causes is becoming a bit of a theme for me.

Ranging from weddings to charity mornings I need little excuse to turn on my oven, roll up my sleeves and dance embarrassingly around the kitchen.

The dancing is optional but if you are doing a four hour stint I recommend it.

While mountains of biscuits, brownies and cakes have posed their challenges the next bake in my diary is the biggest yet.

You may, or may not, have heard of the Clandestine Cake Club.

After all it is clandestine.

Well, I help to run the Chichester group.

Each month members bake to a theme.

So far this has included everything from song titles to packet cakes, summer holidays to five-a-day.

Then we meet and eat.

I know, it’s brilliant.

The secret part is the location, revealed by email the day before, and the rest is a sugar induced blur.

With a lot of talk and laughs thrown in, mostly about The Great British Bake Off, as you can imagine.

So why am I mentioning this now?

Because for October we are doing things a bit differently.

Not only are we taking our cake outdoors, we are loosening up on our secretive nature.

On Saturday, 19, we will be at Stonepillow’s Big Sleep Out, held in the grounds of Chichester Cathedral.

Helping to support their work empowering, sheltering and helping homeless and vulnerable people in the way we know best.

We’ll be feeding the volunteers taking part in the sponsored event and hopefully raising some funds for the fantastic cause - by trading slices for donations.

If you are hungry, generous, really curious or all of the above we would love for you to join us.

For those who would like to take part and bake, or find out more, please feel free to email me.

The more cake the merrier!