Model Jenny Curran is hoping she can rise to Action Cancer’s Titanic challenge of turning £1,000 into £7,000 with a pop-up bakery.
The quirkily named ‘Jenny’s Baps’ opens on the Lisburn Road in south Belfast on Sunday for one week.
Each day of the fundraising challenge, supported by a team of volunteers, will have a fun theme, such as Muffiny Madness Monday and Firefighter Friday.
There also promises be lots of “good old ‘Norn Iron’ stock” on offer, such as wheaten bread and potato bread, plus tea, coffee and plenty of banter.
Jenny, from Portadown, is one of Northern Ireland’s busiest models, having been signed to Alison Clarke’s agency as a teenager, and she’s also a freelance journalist.
The talented 25-year-old told the Belfast Telegraph she is hoping her skills for remaining calm under pressure and meeting strict deadlines will be transferable to the kitchen.
“I love baking, but I’ve never done it to this scale before, “ Jenny said.
“When I was getting together all my recipe books, I found a children’s first cook-book my parents got for me when I was starting university.
“I couldn’t cook at all, but things have improved since then.”
Local businesses Johnsons Coffee and Draynes Farm will be supporting the project and the bakery has been decked out with furniture from the charity Voluntary Services Lisburn.
In between photoshoots, Jenny has been busy making macaroons and brownies, and is eagerly testing her sweet treats on the friends and family signed up to help with the challenge.
“It’s going to be lots of fun and we can’t wait to raise as much money as possible for Action Cancer,” she said.
Jenny is hoping fans of baked goods, young and old, will pop down to 389 Lisburn Road to |sample the tempting traybakes, cakes and buns available for purchase.
There’s even a cupcake, half-eaten by One Direction boyband member Niall Horan, on display to tempt teenage girls into the store.
Kerry Anderson, from Action Cancer, said: “All money raised through the Titanic Challenge will fund Action Cancer’s early detection and support services.
Jenny’s Baps is open for business this Sunday 1-9pm and Monday-Saturday 7am-9pm.
Action Cancer was established in 1973 by cancer specialist Dr George Edelstyn.
His vision for the future was that people in Northern Ireland would be free from the risk of cancer.
The charity mission is to save lives, support people and maintain a pioneering role in the development of cancer services.
The Action Cancer Titanic Challenge offers people a £1,000 grant to start a business aimed at raising funds for it. For more visit www.actioncancer.org