A professional cake maker has launched a massive Cake That campaign to persuade Gary Barlow to sing at her 40th birthday.
Helen Whelan has sent the star almost 1,000 tweets and even appealed to his sweet tooth by delivering cakes to his stage door.
The mum-of-one runs a wedding cake-making business called Sweetness and Delight from her Bedford home.
A massive Take That fan, she was delighted when Gary Barlow last month announced his intention to gatecrash a number of “milestone” birthday parties throughout the year.
“He invited people to campaign to get him at their party. I launched a campaign on Twitter immediately called under my handle of @cakethat76,” said Helen.
Her culinary skills are already familiar to the Take That members because last year, while they were playing in Birmingham, Helen managed to sneak a special delivery of her cakes to the stage door.
“The cakes were shaped like men in suits! Mark Owen actually tweeted about them afterwards, so I was thrilled,” she said.
Now Helen is pulling out all the stops to get Gary Barlow to notice her before her 40th birthday dawns in September.
“It’s going to be a karaoke party for about 100 guests, so it would be absolutely perfect if Gary could come along and sing,” she said.
Her campaign, called #getgarytocakethatskaraoke40th, is gathering momentum every day on Twitter. And, in a bid to make Gary smile, the tweets get sillier and sillier, said Helen.
She and her friends have even made their own film – a re-make of Gary’s meerkat advert.
“My friends wore meerkat masks. I wore a Gary Barlow mask and they chased me down the Embankment! It was all very silly, but we thought it might appeal to Gary’s sense of humour.”
Helen’s daughter Rosie, who is five, is also an avid Take that fan. Husband Andy is also supporting her campaign.
Helen will not know until the big night whether her campaign has been successful.
“He just turns up without telling you in advance. We’ll have the cameras ready, just in case,” she said.