Volunteers are icing on the cake for children's birthdays

A group of volunteers is helping those less fortunate to provide a birthday cake for their child.

Free Cakes for Kids has a network of volunteers up and down the country who give up their time to provide birthday cakes for children in their favourite theme or style.

The Blackburn with Darwen branch of the service was established in February 2013.

They have baked three cakes for children in the borough so far and have two more on the cards.

Free Cakes for Kids was first established in Oxford by Henriette Lundgren after reading about a similar project in the US.

Local resident, Claire Stock found out about the service after her sister joined a branch in South Wales.

She said: “I had wanted to set up a group in my community and thought about it for a while. 

“I was made redundant towards the end of 2012 and found a new job quickly, but it was only part time”.

“As I had more time to commit to setting up a group I felt it was the perfect time to get Free Cakes for Kids - Blackburn with Darwen off the ground”.

Any child who wouldn’t otherwise receive a birthday cake is eligible for the service.

Families can request a cake themselves or can be referred by a partner organisation. 

Since it started in February, Blackburn with Darwen Free Cakes for Kids has worked closely with organisations like Child Action North West, CVS and East Lancashire Women's Centres.

The Blackburn with Darwen branch is always on the look out for volunteer bakers, cake deliverers or donations such as cake boxes and ingredients.

Blackburn with Darwen Council Leader, Councillor Kate Hollern, said: “It’s brilliant that Claire has taken this upon herself to bring this service to the people of Blackburn and Darwen.

“This is another example of the Your Call campaign in action.  I would encourage other residents to get involved in any which way they can so that this group can continue to provide this service for residents throughout the borough”. 

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