Charity cooks up birthday treat for our needy kids
A VOLUNTEER group which aims to make sure no child goes without a birthday cake has delivered 10 very special cakes for needy kids.
The Macclesfield branch of Cakes for Kids was set up by Anna Harris, from Bollington.
Volunteers bake birthday cakes for children in the town who may not otherwise receive one due to their family situations.
But the whole team was called upon for a very special celebration which saw reunited siblings who had been separated and were brought back together by the charity ‘Siblings Together’.
According to the charity more than 80pc of looked after children have been separated from their siblings. The charity held a special celebration which enabled brothers and sisters to spend time together, and at the end of the week enjoy a birthday cake to make up for the birthdays they have missed.
Anna, who was asked to bake the cakes for the event, said she was thrilled that she and the volunteers were able to help out.
Anna, who is a mum of two, said : “I was crying on the phone when the charity worker was describing some of the children’s circumstances so it was just wonderful being able to help out with this request.
“84pc of children are separated from their siblings in care and this event was an opportunity for those siblings, who may only see each other a couple of times a year, to spend some quality time together.
“What was so wonderful about this event was that I was able to meet some of the children who would be receiving the cakes - I’ve never once before met a recipient of one of our cakes.”
Free Cakes for Kids Macclesfield is volunteerled organisation that bakes birthday cakes for children aged 1 - 18 who wouldn’t otherwise get one. The volunteers receive a few details about the child, such as their age, gender and interests, so they can create a cake that is unique to them.
Anna said families are referred to the service by social workers, a housing association or children’s centres, but they are there to support any child who may benefit.
She said: “These cakes make such a difference to those children and a lot of children in Macclesfield are going without birthday cakes. All is takes is a one-line email and we can do the rest.”
Email Anna at freecakes forkidsmacclesfield@ gmail.com
●● Volunteers from the Macclesfield branch of Cakes for kids with some of their creations