Sandy Docherty, one of last year’s contestants on The Great British Bake Off, has spent the last few months looking at ways her time on the show can benefit others.
Known for her bubbly personality and down to earth approach, Sandy spends her days working as a School Safeguarding and Welfare Officer, managing a pastoral support unit. Her role sees her building positive relationships with clients and young people from diverse social and cultural backgrounds.
The main thing that came from her time on the show was how people love baking and how it enables them to express themselves in their own unique way. It helps people bond and gives them a sense of achievement when they taste the finished results.
Not only that, baking is good for mental health; it has a meditative, therapeutic quality; especially as it’s simple and repetitive. It stimulates the senses, which in turn increases feel-good endorphins. It is creative and, most of all, makes other people happy.
Since finishing the show you can often find her at shows, markets and exhibitions giving cooking demonstrations and sharing her wealth of knowledge. She will be sharing her recipes and musings here, and on her twitter account – @SANDYDbakes