Free cakes are helping to ease lockdown-loneliness in Stansfield
Home-baked cakes are being delivered to vulnerable and self-isolating residents in Stansfield and the surrounding area - at zero charge - thanks to an idea conceived by two women.
The cakes are made at her Assington Green home by Louise Mackrill and taken out to those members of the community who are stuck at home by Cllr Mary Evans, who represents the area on Suffolk County Council (where she is also deputy leader) but is also a resident of Stansfield.
Louise explained how it came about, saying: "I'm a caterer and have a pop up restaurant where i live and I run a B&B, so consequently I've got absolutely nothing to do because I've had to close everything.
Mrs Evans has been collecting them from Louise's mobile unit, the Cake Caravan - with Saturdays set aside purely for deliveries of the cakes for the vulnerable - and taking them out, with all PPE and social distancing rules strictly adhered to.
Louise's husband Hugh will also drive around 'all day sometimes' to the shops to ensure she has the ingredients needed.
Louise has also now acquired some paying, non-vulnerable customers, enabling her to make the money needed to carry on baking free cakes for the vulnerable.
A whole cake, with eight to ten slices, is just £5 and Louise bakes every day. Paying customers collect their orders - which are labelled with their names - from the Cake Caravan after being given a time slot.
"It's not just me," said Louise. "It's Mary who is doing all the delivering and my husband who is doing all the shopping.
"Mary has been amazing in this. She takes the cakes and spends time chatting across the garden fence with the people, many of whom are very lonely. It's really nice to be able to cheer a few people up."
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