A very royal appointment: Prince Edward meets Free Cakes for Kids in Oxford

January 26, 2012

This year started with a big bang. Free Cakes for Kids Oxford was invited to attend the launch of Oxfordshire Community Foundation’s (OCF) Jubilee Fund at the Turl Street Kitchen. On 11 January, the fund was officially launched by HRH Prince Edward in celebration of the Queen’s 60th jubilee this year. Free Cakes for Kids had been invited to the event as a result of two successful funding applications in 2010 and 2011, granting us £1,000 each year to support the development of local community baking activities.

Henriette enjoys herself royallyA fabulous time was had by all at the launch, particularly Henriette Lundgren (Founder of Free Cakes for Kids in the UK and Oxford Coordinator) and Stephanie Griggs-Trevarthen (Free Cakes for Kids Network Coordinator), who were on hand to represent our project to the Prince. The Earl of Wessex took the time to speak to each of the projects on display at the event and seemed particularly enamoured with the jubilee themed cupcakes Jette and Steph had on offer. Despite not remembering his own birthday cakes particularly well –- and no, we weren’t cheeky enough to ask if the Queen made his birthday cakes! — he was delighted to hear how far and wide the project has spread across the UK in such a short amount of time.

Steph and the PrinceThe first Free Cakes for Kids group in the UK was founded in December 2008. Having read about the Free Cakes For Kids project in the USA, Henriette Lundgren adapted the model to her local community and started the first group in Oxford. Since then the group has grown steadily, extended its activities to community baking sessions and helped others set up groups in their communities. Especially 2011 was an extremely busy year for Free Cakes for Kids UK, going from only a handful of groups in January to over 30 by the end of the year. Groups now exist all across the UK including: Inverness, Glasgow, Cardiff, Bristol, Torbay, Manchester, Birmingham, Norwich and many in London.

Inspired by the dedication and commitment The Queen has shown to community service and charity work during the past 60 years, the Jubilee Fund will create a community fund for Oxfordshire for the next 60 years. It will be used to support future grants to small, local voluntary groups in need of money to continue their vital work providing support and services to those who need them most on our own doorsteps in Oxfordshire.

Free Cakes for Kids Oxford is very grateful for the grants that OCF has awarded the group in the past, and we are excited about the opportunities that the new Jubilee Fund might bring for Oxfordshire. The royal seal of approval will certainly help.

See also: Video report on OxBox, Oxford Times article

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Anne-Marie February 10, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Well done Jette and Steph! You’ve accomplished a lot in the past year. The photos look great.

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