Hip, hip, hooray for Free Cakes for Kids Sheffield – which has baked its 50th personalised birthday cake for a child who may not otherwise get one.
Volunteer baker Sarah Johnson, of Halfway, baked the milestone cake, for a one-year-old girl, with help from her daughter Abby.
Sarah, who baked a Minnie Mouse-themed cake, said: “I’ve loved baking since I was a little girl and now I bake with my daughter.
“My mum has always made me wonderful birthday cakes and it makes me sad that not all children know the excitement of blowing out the candles on their own homemade cake.
“That is why I had to get involved and help to spread the birthday magic.”
Free Cakes for Kids Sheffield was founded by Kate Thorpe, of Sharrow Vale Road, with the aim of making sure every child, whatever their circumstances, gets the chance to blow out candles on their own birthday cake.
She said the group has another 25 cakes booked in the diary before July and added: “I’m so proud and grateful to our committed volunteers and supporters who have helped us reach this amazing milestone.
“We think every child deserves a cake on their birthday, whatever their circumstances.”
Kate added: “I’m so pleased we’ve made a difference to 50 families and children in Sheffield and I know we’ll be baking birthday cakes for a long time to come.”
Children are referred to the group via schools, charities, social workers and homeless charities.
One of the 60 volunteer bakers is recruited to make the youngster a personalised cake and deliver it to them.
Cath Parker, of NSPCC Sheffield, which has referred several families, said: “Our parents are so appreciative of the birthday cakes made especially for their child.
They are so personal and the children love them.”