A LOCAL TV presenter is backing Barnsley Hospice by hosting his own virtual bake-off competition.

Sam Nixon is appealing to potential star bakers to get involved in the contest to help raise some ‘dough’ for Barnsley Hospice during the coronavirus pandemic.

Barnsley Hospice is losing around £2,300 a day due to the crisis, and in March it launched an urgent appeal for funds.

He recorded a special message to his social media followers to encourage them to take part.

He said: “Please get involved if you can and raise some much-needed funds for Barnsley Hospice.”

Sam Silverwood, fundraising manager at the hospice, added: “We are thrilled to have Sam’s support again this year, albeit in very different circumstances.

“We know that during the lockdown many people have been practising their baking skills, so it’s a chance for them to show off their best bakes while raising some vital funds for the hospice.

“To enter the virtual bake-off, bake something delicious, post it to the Barnsley Hospice Facebook page, donate £5 and nominate five people to take part.”

The hospice will choose a winner on their Facebook page each week.