An army of Sheffield bakers is seeking some new recruits to help make great cakes for youngsters in need.
Free Cakes for Kids Sheffield ensures children growing up in difficult circumstances have the chance to blow out some candles on their birthday.
For many children, it may be the first birthday cake they have ever had, or it might give the family the chance to celebrate a birthday with others for the first time.
Group chairman Kate Thorpe, aged 28, of Sharrow Vale Road, said: “A child may not get a cake for a number of reasons – maybe because they’re homeless, have been separated from their families, or because of illness.
“Whatever the reason, we find out about them and someone makes them a cake. It’s that simple.”
Kate set up Free Cakes for Kids Sheffield last summer after hearing about similar groups around the country.
She said: “I’ve been living in Sheffield for three years now and this has really made me feel like the community here is my own.
“I have learned so much about Sheffield, the amazing people that live here and the level of support available from all sorts of different groups and organisations for children and families.”
Children who may need a cake are flagged up to the 48-strong group by schools and other agencies. Bakers then volunteer to make them a personalised cake.
Kate said: “Our volunteers include mums who baked for their children’s birthdays and now those kids are grown up, others who are keen Great British Bake Off-inspired amateurs and some who have small cake businesses and want to give something back.
“Many volunteers have fond memories of their own childhood cakes and hate the thought of a child growing up without similar memories.”
n A cake and cook book fundraising sale is due to take place today, from 11.30am to 3pm, at Sheffield Central Library. For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org