Tuck Box - Somethng to celebrate

Free Cakes for Kids volunteers Alison and Jolene
Free Cakes for Kids volunteers Alison and Jolene

Celebration cake will be a certainty at a party this weekend, run by a group of Sheffield volunteers...

Free Cakes for Kids was set up 18 months ago by Kate Thorpe, so no city child should go without a birthday cake on their special day.

By last February the group had made 25 cakes – but now that has rocketed to 250. The achievement is being marked on Saturday, 11am-3pm, with a Summer Celebration in the old Woolworth’s building on The Moor, and everyone is invited, with cakes to buy, free activities for kids and masterclasses in decorating.

Kate says: “We’re proud of this landmark. There are over 25,000 children living in poverty in the city… Ours can be the first birthday cake a child has ever had.”

Handsworth Grange is one school whose pupils have benefited, with cakes from silver-iced CD players to spaceships. Mentor Bev Ramsay says: “It’s hard to put into words how a child feels when it’s something they haven’t experienced before. They are overwhelmed, excited, happy. But it also lets them know they are loved.”

TASTE, NOT WASTE

The Real junk Food Project clocked up its second success on Saturday, saving half a tonne of waste and surplus food to feed 161 customers and volunteers. A menu including veg chilli, cottage pie, pasta bake and puddings raised pay-as-you-feel donations of £680 at the pop-up event in Sharrow. Next event is on August 29 at Burton Street, Hillsborough.

CIDER FESTIVAL

Cider-lovers are in for a treat at Sheffield’s Wetherspoons pubs, with a dedicated 17-day festival starting on Friday. Up to 30 will be on offer, with flavours from marmalade to rum.