Kate: “My nan passed away and I wanted something nice to remember her by.”

By Tom Wood

Kate Thorpe created Free Cakes Sheffield in memory of her nan who taught her how to bake when she was a child.

The 30-year-old set up Free Cakes Sheffield in 2013 shortly after her nan, Wynne passed away at the age of 90. The Sheffield charity bakes birthday cakes for the deprived children in the area.

“My nan was very patient with me when we were baking. She passed away recently and I wanted something nice to remember her by.”

“She definitely wouldn’t approve of my cake mixer”

The charity has over 70 volunteers which Kate is very proud of.

“I find it amazing that so many people give their time to bake a cake for someone they don’t know.”

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Some of the Volunteers. Image from Kate Thorpe.

However, Kate from Ecclesall Road, said it took a while for the first request to come in.

“At first, people must have thought who is this crazy lady trying to bake us a cake?”

Kate says that baking cakes for kids is very rewarding but she never sees the children she is baking for.

“It would be selfish of us if we went and gave the kids the cake. We feel that the special moment should be between the child and someone in their lives.”

Kate thinks Wynne would be proud of what she has achieved but feels that she wouldn’t like her baking methods now.

“She definitely wouldn’t approve of my cake mixer, when I was with her we did everything by hand.”

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