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Wasps & Quins go head-to-head for charity

London Wasps will take on local rivals Harlequins in a fundraising bake-off for Red Nose Day and Restart!

On Wednesday March, 6 - Christian Wade, Tom Varndell and Chris Bell will face Harlequins players Olly Kohn, Will Skinner, Rob Buchanan and Charlie Matthews in a charity baking challenge at the Sainsbury's Food Centre in Holborn!

The players cake creations will be judged by a panel which includes Masterchef food guru Greg Wallace, Baking Mad Ambassador Eric Lanlard and Sainsbury’s Director of Brand Judith Batchelar.

Both sets of players will be tasked with trying to bake and decorate 1,000 cupcakes, as well as tackling a signature Chocolate Moelluex cake created by Lanlard. The players’ creations will then be judged to see who is crowned Master Baker.

The players will then try and sell as many of their creations to Sainsbury’s colleagues before racing round London to continue their sale to raise as much money as possible in just a few hours.

Judith Batchelar, Sainsbury’s Director of Brand, added: "As partner to Comic Relief since 1999, we’re really excited to team up the Rugby Players Association to raise as much money as possible for Red Nose Day and Restart. I know from last year’s event that the Harlequins team are fantastic bakers so the challengers from Wasps will have to be at the top of their game to take home the victory!"

The great British public a can also do something funny for money this Red Nose Day by organising their own bake-off, with a small entry fee for budding chefs before by selling off the delicious delights created or just get backing, and inviting friends and colleagues to a cake sale. A range of great recipes can be found at

If baking is a bit too much of a challenge members of the public can still get involved by purchasing official Red Nose Day Merchandise from Sainsbury’s including the Dinosaur themed nose at just £1 each, with all profits going to Comic Relief.

Restart is the official charity of The Rugby Players Association, funded entirely through voluntary donations and supports ill and injured players during and after their professional rugby career. It provides financial, practical and emotional support to players and their families during difficult times, including help with the cost of medical treatment, rehabilitation equipment, counselling, education and career transition.

Please click here for more information on Restart and here for Red Nose Day.