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). We will be recruiting new baking and cake delivery volunteers during 2018, so please fill in an application form if you'd like to help us bake a difference.
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.
A Sheffielder born and bred, Denise started baking three years ago when her son was diagnosed as Coeliac. Denise can usually found creating various buttercream flavours for countless cupcakes requested by her family.
Gill baked numerous birthday cakes for her children in days long gone. Most memorable was the pirate ship where the rice paper sails caught fire from the cannon candles sticking out of the sides - the children thought it was part of the show - and the grown ups flapped about with t-towels! Originally from Liverpool, Gill adopted Sheffield as home after coming to uni here. She also loves travel and keeping a blog.
Kate has lived in Sheffield since 2011. You can usually find her reading and walking her beloved dog. Kate looks after the Free Cakes Sheffield website and marketing.
Carrie is a Sheffielder, born and bred. Having capitalised on a misspent youth by working as a computer games tester for several years, she more recently moved into e-learning and is now a freelance project manager. When she isn’t challenging herself with the latest baking request from family and friends, she enjoys having a go at various arts and crafts, such as sewing and jewellery making.
Law graduate and born and bred Sheffield-er Gaynor works as a PA to a Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Sheffield. She has been enthusiastically baking and decorating cakes for over 12 months, specialising in celebration cakes for family and freinds, especially the kids! Gaynor also likes amateur dramatics, playing the guitar, country music travelling the world...and Ryan Gosling.
Michele is a self confessed cakeaholic who regularly bakes for her family and friends. Originally from Sheffield, Michele returned back here after university and is currently having a career break while she raises her two sons. She now dabbles with cake decorations and has made various birthday and celebration cakes including her brother's wedding cake. She loves nothing more than chocolate, lattes, sewing and watching food programmes. Michele also coordinates our baking workshops.
Natalie boomeranged back to Sheffield from Cheshire in 2009 after studying here until 2006. Natalie is a Solicitor for a local niche practice, her official work title is ‘Official Birthday Cake Maker’ Natalie is birthday mad and a little bit of a feeder, making baking one of her favourite past times.Natalie’s other passion is sport, she is a keen runner and training to be a coach with her beloved Sheffield Running Club - a cake club with a running problem. There’s a recurring cake theme!
Bryony was born and grew up in Sheffield, and moved back after living and working elsewhere in the UK. She has always enjoyed baking but really got in to making birthday cakes since having her two fabulous children. So far her cake creations have featured a sheep, a cow, jungle animals, polar bears, dinosaurs and aliens. When she's not busy being a mum or working, Bryony enjoys swimming, mooching along Sharrowvale Road.
Becca is Sheffield born and bred, currently in her 4th year of studying medicine! She has baked for as long as she can remember and always loves the challenge of something new. Big projects are her favourite - novelty birthday cakes have included Batman, Peppa Pig and a Hobbit Hole. Apart from baking, Becca's main loves are Harry Potter, Doctor Who and crafts, so you'll usually find her with a wooden spoon or a sewing needle in her hands.
Jaimee learnt to bake with her grandma as a young girl and spent many a weekend playing a cake related version of Ready, steady, Cook! with her brother. She has recently moved to Sheffield and her sweet tooth and love of baking led her to Free Cakes for Kids. She is new to cake decorating but enjoys trying new things and is constantly making cakes (much to the delight of her colleagues).
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.
Originally from Bridlington, Kerstie now lives in Sheffield. She's always dabbled in baking but recently started taking cake decorating more seriously. When not baking, Kerstie enjoys Mexican food, running and (too much) red wine!
Emma moved to Sheffield a couple of years ago to start teaching languages here. Originally from Cumbria, she grew up baking cakes on her Grandma's farm. Emma really enjoys baking and loved the clever birthday cakes her Mum made. Emma also recently made her own wedding cake!
Dora recently moved to Sheffield after a stint of living 'darn sarth'. She has been baking since childhood but in recent years has started to baking more complicated novelty cakes, including her own wedding cake, and a cake in the shape of a campervan for her parents' wedding anniversary. When not baking, Dora can be found in walking boot or climbing shoes or on a bike somewhere around the Peak District.
Karen was born and raised in Sheffield. She spent some time living in other places, but then moved back here because nowhere else was as nice. She used to work as a researcher but now spends her time running around after her two children and battling with housework. Karen has been baking since she was a child and is always looking for an excuse to bake someone a cake. When not cooking, she can usually be found watching old films, sewing and looking at pictures of frocks
Emily is a paediatric nurse in the intensive care unit at Sheffield Children's Hospital. On her days off she enjoys getting her mixer out and experimenting with different baking ideas! Emily is always looking for people to sample her cakes and decided that that using her love of baking to put a smile on kids faces would be a great thing to do!
Frankie is a student nurse in Sheffield and was inspired by her mum's cake decorating, Frankie has always loved baking and getting creative with the decorations. Frankie absolutely loved the sound of Free Cakes for Kids when she heard about it as she feels every kid deserves a special cake on their birthday. She also enjoys running, salsa and speaking French!