Here you can meet some of our fantastic volunteers who help us provide children in the city with birthday cakes. To find our more about our group, read the Free Cakes Sheffield Constitution (PDF). Fill in an application form if you'd like to help us bake a difference. Please note, all our volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
Harriet grew up in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, but has called Sheffield home since moving here in 2010 to study. A keen baker, she loves hosting loved ones and cooking up sweet and savoury treats. When not in the kitchen, she enjoys gardening, DIY, and spending time with her husband, friends, family and Gary (her dog).
Alison has baked and decorated dozens of cakes for family and friends. She has only been stumped by one request - for a standing-up horse. Alison has recently retired and now does voluntary work for several children's charities. She also enjoys singing, playing the ukelele, DIY and keeping fit - to work off all the coffee and cake with friends she now has time for.
Gill baked numerous birthday cakes for her children back in the day and enjoys baking the occasional cake for Free Cakes for Kids and seeing the amazing cakes the other bakers have created.
Laura started baking jam tarts with her mum at 3 years old and hasn't stopped baking since. Laura loves baking anything although making cakes is probably a favourite. When not in the kitchen she enjoys running and anything crafty – and will also occasionally pick up a medical textbook and do some studying for her degree, but only very occasionally.
Jaq grew up in Sheffield, and moved back after living and working in Nottingham and Southend. She has always enjoyed baking and spent many teenage holidays baking cakes and biscuits for her grandparents and friends. After making many themed birthday cakes for her two daughters Jaq had a rest - only because her youngest had taken over the kitchen for her own cake baking habit! Jaq enjoys spending time with family, swimming, mooching around the local vintage centres and visiting London.
Carol lives in South Sheffield with her husband, son and her two kittens Ari and Sid. She is retired after working in retail and training for 40 years and now enjoys learning new hobbies which she didn't have time for before. The reason she became involved with the group is that she is the mum of two grown up sons and believes that a birthday cake was something that as a family they took for granted and never really thought about those families where this would be considered a luxury item.
Susannah joined the group after hearing about us on BBC Radio 2 whilst driving into work one morning and was reduced to tears. She loves baking but comes from a very small family and having no children herself, very rarely gets the opportunity to bake cakes. When she’s not baking she can be found pounding the streets of Sheffield in her running trainers or researching her next holiday!!
Ruth loves baking and wanted to do something for the community so FCFK seemed a perfect match!
Rachel delivers cakes when our bakers are unable to. She got involved in FCFK because she believed no child should have to go without a birthday cake. She says she’s a lousy baker but a decent driver!!!
Kath is a retired Youth Worker, long married, a mum of two and a Nana of five who is delighted to have been born and bred in Sheffield. When not baking cakes she loves outdoor swimming, sewing, repairing stuff and painting (she’s an abstract artist). Kath also loves to dance and is learning about foraging. She has been involved with Free Cakes for Kids since she retired and almost since it started in Sheffield. She enjoys being creative and loves being able to make a small difference
Claire runs a haulage and warehousing company with my husband. Her cake decorating skills are limited but she is excellent with a spreadsheet so is perfect as our Treasurer! She is also the treasurer for her local scout group. In the rest of her free time she runs a private taxi service for her 2 teenagers