Help for Heroes


Baking has been part of Help for Heroes' fundraising portfolio since the charity's earliest days back in 2008. Initially a SOE / DIY product, Help for Heroes stepped up their commitment to 'Bake for Heroes' in 2014, when they started pushing the product as a national campaign.

With some impressive celebrity endorsements, Help for Heroes had great early success with 'Bake…' and it became a key part of its mass participation product offering.

However, in recent years the charity has seen both participant numbers and overall income fall - with the market becoming saturated with 'baking' products, it is getting harder and harder for charities to establish cut through.

The brief

Help for Heroes were looking for a creative agency to help them re-invigorate 'Bake for Heroes' by analysing and refreshing the proposition, alongside coming up with a new, innovative and eye-catching approach to the creative.
With 2018 being the 10th anniversary of Help for Heroes, the charity was looking to make a statement with this product - reminding the public of the important work it does, while galvanising existing support and directing it toward a mass participation fundraising activity. 

The work

Through evaluating the past creatives for 'Bake for Heroes', Killer simplified and strengthened the products central proposition, leveraging public warmth to the charity to frame the event as 'The nation's bake sale'.

Using a playful creative Killer were able to communicate a sense of fun while promoting the charity's core values and military focus. This meant 'Bake for Heroes' could appeal to a wider group of warm audiences (e.g. existing supporters, corporate partners, schools) as well as reach new supporters (both groups and individuals).

A supporter journey plan was also created for the client with an emphasis on stewardship and retention - for mass participation events with flexible dates it is crucial that every participant gets a similar supporter journey, no matter what stage in the process they signed up to take part. 


For 2018, Bake for Heroes will be held during 'Armed Forces Week', taking advantage of the halo effect of the week's focus to increase both participation and income.The Armed Forces Week is held between 18 - 24th June

Elements to the campaign

Strengthening the Proposition
Creative Development
Social Media Strategy
Supporter Journey Plan

Creative Assets

Master adverts
Online Display ads
Email Copy - stewardship