Char­ity cooks up birth­day treat for our needy kids

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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