Hannah Cockroft showcased her baking skills on The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer

Picture: Channel 4 / Mark Bourdillon
Picture: Channel 4 / Mark Bourdillon

Halifax Paralympian Hannah Cockroft baked up a storm last night (Tuesday) in the first episode of The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer on Channel 4.

Hannah featured in the first group of celebrities to be ushered into the Bake Off Tent by presenters Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding.

She joined Hollywood star John Lithgow, comedian Jon Richardson and funnyman Russell Brand who all donned their aprons to raise money for Stand Up To Cancer.

The celebrity bakers took on three challenges set by judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

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The first challenge was a bake sale classic – brownies. The technical challenge was a swiss roll and the showstopper challenged bakers to create a 3-D biscuit scene of their best performance.

Russell Brand came out victorious after a tasty and unusual showstopper but Hannah was a top contender right to the end, receiving high praise from the judges for her brownies, swiss roll and biscuit scene.

Speaking about who taught her how to bake, Hannah said: "My grandma and my mum, my grandma quite liked baking, so I got involved in little things like when they were making a birthday cake.

"I was always going in and basically licking the bowl. It wasn’t really helping to bake, that was the bit I was missing, I was just wanting to eat the ingredients, not to learn how to bake!

"I wouldn’t say I was really taught; I just guess my way through it."

All the celebrities taking part in the Bake Off are doing so for Stand Up To Cancer, which launched back in 2012.

The joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 raises funds for translational research, accelerating new cancer treatments and tests to UK patients to save more lives, more quickly.

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"The Stand Up To Cancer campaign highlights how it affects one in every two people, and if you can help in any way possible then that’s what you should do," said Hannah.

"A cure needs to be found and if this helps find that cure, we can save a lot of families the heartbreak and devastation - and that makes this all totally worth it.

"What we’re putting ourselves through in the tent is absolutely nothing compared to what people are putting themselves through, either by having a friend or anyone you know or themselves affected by cancer."