Shipston teen raises more than £1,000 for Warwick-based charity with her cakes

Over the weekend charlie baked a variety of items to help raise money including; cakes, cupcakes, rocky road, brownies, cheesecakes, shortbread and muffins
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A teenager from Shipston on Stour has raised more than £1,000 for a Warwick-based charity with her baking skills.

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 decided to run her baking and delivering services over the bank holiday weekend to help raise awareness and funds for Safeline.

Charlie with Rachael Stevens from Safeline. Photo supplied.Charlie with Rachael Stevens from Safeline. Photo supplied.
Charlie with Rachael Stevens from Safeline. Photo supplied.

Over the weekend charlie baked a variety of items to help raise money including; cakes, cupcakes, rocky road, brownies, cheesecakes, shortbread and muffins.

Charlie's hard work helped raise more than £1,200.

Charlie said: “I wanted to raise money because Safeline have helped me so much and I want to give something back to them.

“I have made lots of friends through the Safeline Young Peoples Projects who I think I will be friends with for life.

Charlie baked and delivered many caked over the bank holiday weekend. Photos supplied.Charlie baked and delivered many caked over the bank holiday weekend. Photos supplied.
Charlie baked and delivered many caked over the bank holiday weekend. Photos supplied.

"The weekend was hard, but it was so fun.

"I can’t believe how much money we raised, I thought it was going to be hard to reach £100.

"I can’t wait to do more fundraising for Safeline, I hope that after lockdown I can hold an event with music, cakes and maybe stalls or something’."

Chantelle, a close family friend, who has been helping over the weekend as well as being a delivery driver, said: "Charlie is a true inspiration and everybody is beyond proud of her.

"Her mother Sam has also been extremely selfless and ensured that Charlie has had all of the ingredients that she has needed, which I must add was a lot as I’m sure you can imagine.

"Charlie baked over the course of three days and was determined to make sure that all orders were completed and delivered within one day.

"Her days consisted of waking up at 7am and heading straight to the kitchen, Saturday being her latest finish at 11pm. "

Sam, Charlie’s mum, said: "I’m just totally blown away by how well Charlie’s done in raising much needed money for Safeline.

"I always knew Charlie could bake so knew she’d do well just not this well.

"I’ve spent most the weekend crying with how proud I am of her and how she’s turned a negative into a positive. she a real inspiration to me let alone others."

A spokesperson from Safeline’s said: "We are so pleased that Safeline has been able to support Charlie over the past 18 months – what she has been through has had such a huge impact on her confidence, 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 – we are really pleased she is able to give back in this way and very proud of her.

"Raising this amazing amount of money for Safeline is remarkable and we truly appreciate this support from Charlie, friends, family and everyone who has ordered cakes and donated."

To find out more about Safeline’s Young People’s project, go to: Safeline.org.uk or email to [email protected].

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