Charity fundraiser is a piece of cake

Free Cakes for Kids (from left): Allana Shaw, secretary; John Forsdike; Kate Thorpe, chairperson; Alison Ryan; Jon Dell, treasurer

Free Cakes for Kids (from left): Allana Shaw, secretary; John Forsdike; Kate Thorpe, chairperson; Alison Ryan; Jon Dell, treasurer

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Cake-lovers from across the city are invited to get a slice of the action when a new baking charity is officially launched – with a cake and second-hand cookbook sale.

Free Cakes for Kids was set up by keen cook Kate Thorpe of Ecclesall. In the last four months she and her fellow volunteers have baked birthday cakes for more than 20 children who would otherwise have gone without.

The group is now to be officially launched by Lord Mayor Vickie Priestley at the cake sale on Saturday, February 15. Taking place at Central Library, 11.30am - 3pm, it will also include a raffle, a colouring competition and an Ask the Expert baking session.

Proceeds of the sale will go towards providing more cakes, which cost £5 each.

“Birthday cakes are something special and we bake them for families who find it hard to provide one for their child,” says Kate.

“From fairies to footballs, we try our best to give the child a cake that’s special to them. We now have 46 bakers and have made 21 birthday cakes, with referrals coming from primary schools, charities, community health teams and food banks.”

Volunteer at Free Cakes for Kids