A SUMMER holiday kids club provided activities, life skills, hot meals and a tons of fun as can be seen by the happy smiles on the faces of these local children.

The Mula Cake Kids Club run by Dexter Simms had 114 children register with 90 per cent of families on free school meals.

Each day the club catered for 30-40 children with activities such as cake baking, fashion, business, fitness, arts and craft and more.

The children aged eight to 13 got to do gardening and pet animals including a rabbit, snake and chickens.

The club provided hot food three times a day and the children enjoyed different cultures of food and snacks through out the holiday.

They were also taken on trips to a fun fair, museum, cinema and to the seaside with two coaches full of 96 children and parents visiting Little Hampton.

The activities culminated in a presentation day with children performing and showing off the skills they had learned to councillor Alisa Flemming, Cabinet member for Children, Young People and Learning and Head of Education Shelly Davis.

Cllr Fleming was moved to tears and as she expressed her gratitude to the efforts of volunteers saying she could see there was a “lot of love and team work” and “everyone coming together to make this an exceptional summer.”

The event also saw the the recipient of the Summer Camper of the Year announced with Dexter and the winner Jolie invited to dinner with the Mayor Councillor Sherwan Chowdhury who had been unable to make the presentation.

Dexter said: “ I am so highly grateful that after seven years of running the Mula Cake Kids club it I still reaching higher nights and providing so many opportunities or young children, start up companies and for people to be employed. It makes me smile every time I think about it.”

Croydon helped deliver summer activities across the borough with funding from the Department for Education’s Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme, which aims to encourage young people to lead healthier and more active lifestyles during the holidays.

Dexter who also runs a community hub and Mula Cake clothing business on London Road in Thornton Heath, added: “As much as it was a fight to receive the promised funds which lead to myself funding the club for the first and final week we are still grateful that with the help of Croydon Council and the HAF funding we was able to provide a holiday club for so many children.”

More half term activities are planned for October 25-29 which unfortunately aren’t receiving government funding. 

Book via www.mulacakekidsclub.com or email info@mulacakekidesclub.com