Budding cooks whipped up some tasty treats as part of a baking contest to mark what would have been Laila Milly McCormack’s fifth birthday.
Little Laila was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition called Aicardi syndrome but died a day before her first birthday.
The birthday bake-off saw her family and friends come together to celebrate her life and commemorate her birthday with a party. They also released balloons in her memory.
Mum Maya said: “Turning five is usually quite a milestone - it is the age when children would start school so we wanted to do something special to mark Laila’s birthday this year. It was a really lovely day and it was great to see so many people turn up to mark the occasion. Everyone loves cake and the Great British Bake-Off so we might make this an annual event.”
Around 30 people had baked cakes and buns and there was prizes for the best-tasting entry and the most creative cake. The winners received an apron and the runners up were presented with a certificate. The Mayor of Wakefield, Coun Sandra Pickin, also turned up to the event.
The bake-off also raised £153 for the Laila Milly Foundation, which was set up by Maya and Laila’s dad Steve. The devoted couple - who are now parents to Reuben, one - raised £160,000 to fund a day nursery in Hemsworth for children with serious and complex illnesses. It opened last August on Kirkby Road.
Turning five is usually quite a milestone so we wanted to do something special to mark Laila’s birthday this year.Maya McCormack, Laila Milly’s mum.
Mrs McCormack said: “The nursery is doing really well - it has been fantastic. We’ve just started stay and play sessions for families on a Wednesday and it is a good opportunity for parents to socialise and for the children to interact with others who have similar conditions. We are also starting to have families coming along to the nursery on a regular basis so we are really pleased with how things are going.”
For more information on the charity or to donate, visit www.lailamillyfoundation.org.uk or call fundraiser Amanda Owens on 07791 400245.