Shipston teen baking for Warwick-based charity

During Lockdown Charlie has been using her time to make various cakes for keyworkers, neighbours, friends and family and has now chosen to run her baking and delivering services this bank holiday weekend to help raise awareness and funds

By Kirstie Smith, Reporter
Friday, 22nd May 2020, 12:42 pm
Updated Friday, 22nd May 2020, 12:44 pm

A teenager from Shipston on Stour has been using her baking skills to help a Warwick-based charity.

Charlie, who is 14, has been supported by Safeline over the past 18 months – she has accessed various Safeline services during this time including Young Peoples Projects (Safeline Young People).

During Lockdown Charlie has been using her time to make various cakes for keyworkers, neighbours, friends and family and has now chosen to run her baking and delivering services on this bank holiday weekend to help raise awareness and funds for Safeline

Charlie is raising money for Safeline through her cakes. Photos submitted

Charlie's mum said: ''Charlie is a typical 14 year old girl full of enthusiasm and with an absolute passion for baking.

"Unfortunately, Charlie experienced a rough time a year and a half ago, but fortunately Safeline acted as her saving grace - to which we are extremely grateful.

"Not only has she made some friends for life, but Safeline has also helped her recognise how strong she is and the amazing future that she has ahead of her.

"During Covid-19, baking has been her go to thing to do. Today she asked me if we could raise money for Safeline to show her gratitude.

"As a parent I cannot express the pride I took in her when she said this. So this weekend we will be holding a delivery cake service. All we ask is that you make a donation upon request.''

They were aiming for £100 for Safeline but their GoFundMe page already stands at £493 before Charlie has even started baking for the weekend.

They are blown away by this support and are hoping they will be able to reach £600 by next week.

A spokesperson from Safeline said: "Charlie and her family have been working with Safeline for over 18 months accessing a number of Safeline’s services including our Young Peoples programme.

"What she has been through has had such a huge impact on her confidence, when we first met her she wouldn't leave her mums side, but in time she has grown so much in strength, confidence and independence.

"From the start she has wanted to help others and talk about her experience so we are really pleased she is able to give back in this way and are very proud that we have been able to work with her."

To see more about Charlie and her fundraising, or to request a cake and donate, go to: https://www.gofundme.com/f/charlie039s-campaign-for-safeline-warwickIf anyone would like to hear about Safelines Young Peoples programmes, email [email protected]