From left to right Jennifer Aldridge (Angela Piper), Lynda Snell (Carole Boyd), Susan Carter (Charlotte Martin) and Jill Archer (Patricia Greene)


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.


Rankin said:

“When I was asked to create this year’s Red Nose Day exclusive collection for HomeSense I agreed without hesitation. It is a fantastic cause and I knew it would be a lot of fun. What you’re seeing is some of the best talent in the animal business and, although I’m never one for nepotism, my own dog got on the team sheet. I wanted to make these images as cute and fun as possible and I hope I have included something for everyone which encourages both adults and children to get in the kitchen and raise some dough for Comic Relief.”


A spokesperson for HomeSense said:

“Rankin has really risen to the challenge with this year’s apron design, encouraging adults and children to get in the kitchen and make their bakes matter. The quirky and unique design featuring an image of man’s best friend (Rankin’s own dog), and a range of other animals, will encourage people to grab an apron, get messy in the kitchen and support the good work that Comic Relief does to help transform people’s lives here in the UK where we have customers and stores and across Africa.”


Michele Settle, Director, UK Campaigns & Brands at Comic Relief said:

“Baking is one of the most popular Red Nose Day fundraising activities across the UK and this exclusive apron by Rankin enables you to look stylish in the kitchen and raise money too. So make your bake matter for Red Nose Day 2017.”