A birthday cake may be a luxury which most of us took for granted as children but there are many families out there who have been adversely affected by the economy and can’t afford to buy their child a cake. Free Cakes For Kids UK is a charity that aims to rectify this sad situation though, matching up those in need with one of 60 groups of amateur bakers ready and willing to produce a tailor made birthday cake.
Earlier this year the charity delivered its 1000th cake and it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down with more volunteer bakers than recipients of cakes. It’s not just a localised service either and there are groups spread out all over the country, from West Cornwall to Aberdeen. One of the most recent groups to take part is Free Cakes for Kids Sheffield bringing together the city’s disadvantaged children and its best bakers.
While each group is responsible for its own activities they all work under the same umbrella ensuring a safe and confidential service. Not only are they doing a good deed but the groups encourage people to come together, promoting community spirit.
It’s also worth noting that the service isn’t just for families in poverty, it also helps those who are disabled and suffering through bereavement.
With the rise in popularity of baking, helped by shows like the BBC’s Great British Bake Off, it’s maybe not surprising that our philanthropic activities are becoming more kitchen-based. Free Kids for Cakes is just one of a growing number of charities which aims to help people through food and for Red Nose Day 2013 100,000 of Mary Berry’s bake off kits were downloaded.
There’s no doubt that the rise of the internet has allowed groups like this to flourish where they wouldn’t have before. It also means that baking for charity doesn’t have to be restricted to the big national charity days or the school fete.
Anyone interested in getting involved can join their local group, or if there isn’t one local to them start their own.