Earlier this week my friend pointed out the Twitter account of @FreeCakesSheff, a group of talented volunteers who bake beautiful birthday cakes for children whose families find it hard to provide one.
When I look back at my childhood I don’t remember much cake. I did have cake when I was little, but I only know this because someone gave me this picture. Who says birthday cakes should stop when you get a little older? I certainly don’t agree with this notion. My 21st cake was pretty special, but I don’t remember any up until then.
Birthdays are a day for children (and adults) to feel special. It’s not just about presents and parties – it’s a celebration of a special little life. All children should blow out at least one candle and feel special at least once each year, and I love the fact that a group of volunteers in our home city have made it their mission to make sure that all Sheffield families have the opportunity to do this.
The simplicity of the traditional birthday cake isn’t just important for children either – imagine how their parents must feel, being unable to provide their child with the show stopping birthday experience they deserve. Understandably rent, bills and food come first. These cakes give parents the opportunity to enjoy a special moment with their children. Instead of feeling a pang of regret at not having a cake for their child, they get to see their faces light up with excitement. Those moments are precious. It’s not just cakes we’re talking about here… It’s memories. Each and every volunteer who makes a cake is creating wonderful memories for a whole family – and you know I’m all for experiences. What an amazing gift eh?
I love baking birthday cakes for my friends and I love how special they feel when they receive it. Granted I’m no where near good enough to volunteer to bake cakes, but I can help in other ways by spreading the word and donating some £’s here and there to help them purchase ingredients.
I’m also going to offer to host a badge on my site for them!
If you want to find out how Free Cakes Sheffield finds families, who it’s founded by and even see some of their cakey creations, you can find them at www.freecakesforkidssheffield.com.
Hayley Jayne xx