Sandi Toksvig, host of The Great British Bake Off, recently announced her decision to leave the popular program. In a statement made to Channel 4, Toksvig stated:
“When stepping down from a job it is quite common for people to say they are doing so in order to spend more time with their family. Unusually I am departing from The Great British Bake Off so I can spend more time with my other work. As my waistline will testify, Bake Off is an all-consuming show. Spending time with Prue, Paul, and Noel has been one of the great pleasures of my life. These are friendships which I know will continue beyond the confines of television. Bake Off is a wonderful programme which has already proved it can happily withstand a change of hosting personnel. The reason for that, of course, is that the true stars of the show are the bakers themselves. I wish everyone well.”
Toksvig plans to refocus her time on the Channel 4 series The Write Offs. This series will uncover the remarkably low adult literacy rates in Britain while following the progress of a group of adult learners as they face a succession of reading, writing, and spelling challenges. With stories of compassion and heartbreak, The Write Offs has a message of persistence and creates a platform for adult learners to share their stories to diminish the shame and stigma surrounding low adult literacy.
“Working on The Write Offs has been one of the great honours of my working life. I have had the extraordinary pleasure of spending time with eight courageous people who have approached their deepest fears with humour and determination. Like me, I just know not only will everyone fall in love with them, they will review what they think they know about reading and writing. I believe the ripple effect from these eight will be astonishing.“ –Sandi Toksvig
ProLiteracy applauds Toksvig for using her platform to make positive change in the lives of millions. By creating conversation and recognizing the normalcy of low literacy, Toksvig is helping to change the lives of learners.