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Ambridge ladies bake up a treat for Comic Relief

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Stalwarts of Ambridge Women's Institute, Jill Archer (Patricia Greene), Jennifer Aldridge (Angela Piper), Lynda Snell (Carole Boyd) and Susan Carter (Charlotte Martin) from The Archers put on their pinnies to bake for Red Nose Day, celebrating the launch of the exclusive Red Nose Day aprons, designed by renowned fashion and portrait photographer, Rankin.

With all the ingredients to become a design classic, the apron features a selection of unique, quirky and quintessentially British animal portraits including Rankin’s own dog. The apron, priced at £12.99, is available from HomeSense and TK Maxx stores nationwide. With at least £5 going to Comic Relief, the money will help people living incredibly tough lives in the UK and across Africa.

The HomeSense Red Nose Day range, created by Rankin, also features a new children’s apron encouraging the whole family to join in the bake sale action by getting creative in the kitchen. Further products in the collection include a tea towel and a range of kids’ T-shirts also designed by Rankin, as well as a leather journal and a colouring-in notebook.

The ladies of Ambridge WI want to inspire the nation to get out their baking trays, turn on their ovens and bake a difference while raising life-changing cash to change countless lives.

Jill Archer, the Matriarch of Ambridge WI, said: “It’s a real honour to be involved in such a tremendous cause and be a part of Red Nose Day. We hope the aprons will carry the Comic Relief message into tens of thousands of kitchens and help countless lives both here in the UK and in Africa. We’re delighted the range features aprons for adults and children, inspiring the whole family to bake together and raise some dough.”

The world’s longest-running soap, The Archers on Radio 4 holds the nation in its nostalgic grip, with the Ambridge storylines still making the news 66 years on.

The Ambridge WI was co-founded by Doris Archer in 1927 and is often at the heart of the storylines; they have campaigned on GM crops, climate change, a fair deal for dairy farmers, aerosol use, post offices and the plight of the honey bee. They have been an instrumental part of countless village fetes, flower and produce shows, harvest suppers, flower arranging and numerous cake sales.

The aprons

The HomeSense aprons designed by renowned fashion and portrait photographer, Rankin to support Red Nose Day are available to buy from Red Nose Day official partners HomeSense and TK Maxx stores throughout the UK and online at and

All profits from the sale of the aprons and the tea towel will be donated to Comic Relief to help transform the lives of some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK and around the world.

Pictured: From left to right Jennifer Aldridge (Angela Piper), Lynda Snell (Carole Boyd), Susan Carter (Charlotte Martin) and Jill Archer (Patricia Greene) model the fantastic new aprons

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