A BANK is hosting a bake off to break the taboo about miscarriage.

Claire Kilty, who works at Barclays at Gadbrook Park, is organising the Bun in the Oven Bake Off to raise money and awareness for the charity Tommy's, which funds research into miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth.

Workers across the bank's Gadbrook Park site are being invited to bake a pregnancy or baby-themed cake for the judging on Friday, April 1, with colleagues voting for the most visually appealing bake in their department.

Two winning cakes from each department will then be tasted by the team leaders with one cake from each department going through to the final six.

Claire said: "I wanted to create an event that anyone and everyone, male and female, could get involved with, and one with a light hearted feel to what can be such a sad subject to help raise awareness and let everyone know the work and support that Tommy's offers along with actual figures of just how many people miscarriage does effect.

"Tommy's wants all pregnant women to be able to have healthy pregnancies and babies, and ultimately we all want any pregnancy to be a healthy bun in the oven."

Tommy's will open the UK's first national research centre dedicated to early miscarriage on April 4.

Early miscarriage effects around one in four pregnancies under 12 weeks and Tommy's has also launched its #Miscourage campaign to help women talk about how their miscarriages had effected them.

Claire has also organised a raffle open to the public with more than 30 prizes up for grabs, ranging from concert tickets, golf days and meals to pamper treats and goodies.

"I would like to give a special thank you to all businesses and individuals who have provided the prizes," Claire said.

To enter the raffle, see a full list of prizes or find out how to organise your own Bun in the Oven Bake Off visit justgiving/com/BunInTheOvenBakeoff.