Children in refuge will receive free birthday cakes thanks to Harlow police officer


A HARLOW police officer has brought a cake baking community together for families in crisis and has been presented with a ‘Heart 4 Harlow’ award for her work.

Emily Cross, 26, of Harlow and her team, bake hundreds of personalised cakes and donate them to children in refuges who would otherwise go without one. They also receive referrals from local food banks.

Yummy – one of many creations by Free Cakes for Harlow


Talented work – drip cake for 9-year-old girl


Emily found out about the community group; Free Cakes for Kids and wanted to bring it to Harlow.

Speaking of how she decided to get involved, Emily said: ‘I held a birthday party for my kids where rather than ask for gifts we asked guests to bring items for our local food bank. We were able to drop off a massive food parcel to them and it made me realise how simple it is to do something for someone else.

‘My daughter at the time was four and so excited about her birthday cake, which I carefully made for her. I then found out about the Free Cakes for Kids concept and I knew instantly I wanted to bring it to Harlow. Seeing my daughter’s excitement for her cake made me realise how special birthdays are for kids.’

Jo Majauskis, Director of Practice & Development at Safer Places, who provide refuges across the country, said: ‘Free Cakes for Kids is an amazing service and we are so grateful for their support. The incredible cakes they provide for the children in our refuges make a huge difference to them as it helps to make refuge not just a safe place but a place where children can start to make happy memories.’

Emily Cross and her daughter

MP Robert Halfon took to twitter to congratulate her on receiving the award: ‘Congratulations to the extraordinary PC Emily Cross winning much deserved Heart 4 Harlow Community Award for her charity work [at] Free Cakes for Harlow.’

Emily receiving Heart4Harlow Award

Safer Places, also tweeted: ‘Congratulations to PC Emily Cross on her well deserved award. Our refuges are happier places due to the fantastic work of Free Cakes for Harlow.’

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Kloe Hackett

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