Drayton & Taverham

Cakes of kindness team seeks more bakers

Just Regional
Jan 11, 2023 2 mins read

An army of bakers who make cakes for needy children is looking for new recruits.
Free Cakes for Kids Norwich is the local arm of a national scheme launched in 2008 by passionate baker Henriette Lundgren, who adapted an American idea for her home community around Oxford. Volunteers are asked to make celebration cakes for youngsters who would otherwise miss out due to family circumstances which can include poverty, homelessness or family breakdown.
The Norwich group are around 35 strong, but with growing demand for their help, would like to find more people happy to bake for the cause in the Norwich area.
Local co-ordinator Julie Merrywest said: ”We have bakers of all abilities who can do everything from basic buttercream with Smarties on the top to personalised creations.”

BRILLIANT BAKING: Local co-ordinator Julie Merrywest

“Our bakers have to pay for their own materials, but enjoy making cakes for children who would otherwise go without.”
The recipients are referred to the group by organisations such as schools, social and children’s services, and charities helping refugees and domestic abuse victims.
Details can be basic or can include a child’s interests so the cake can be personalised.

Bakers, who are all amateurs, also arrange delivery to the third party who made the referral. People’s commitment can range from a couple of cakes a year to one a month – but it hoped that volunteers can do at least four times a year.
Most are for birthdays, but they are also been baking cupcakes for a festive party and a cake for a young person leaving care and celebrating exams success.
Julie, an occupational therapist from Eaton who took over the local group in 2018, added: “We never get to meet the children but we get really positive feedback.
“For recipients having a tough time the gift of a cake is such a powerful message for someone they don’t know to make a cake for them – and show there is some good in the world.
“Because of toughening times we need more bakers to strengthen our squad.
“It can suit someone who loves baking and wants to keep their hand in, or someone whose own children have left home and wants to do something for other youngsters.”

Bakers sign up to strict hygiene and confidentiality standards.
To volunteer email hello@freecakesforkidsnorewich.org.uk
Find out more at freecakesforkidsnorwich.org.uk

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