Dedicated employees raise a staggering £25,000 to coincide with their business’ 250th anniversary

Tireless fundraisers from a historic family business are celebrating two landmark achievements – including raising an eye-watering £25,000 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

The CT Baker Group pledged to raise the gigantic sum throughout 2020 to coincide with its 250th anniversary.

COVID forced staff to put their fundraising on hold but the firm eventually exceeded its target and managed to donate £25,700.

Team members from across the group took part in a range of activities such as raffles, sponsored beard shaves and even a grueling 30-mile walk across North Norfolk.

Bakers & Larners of Holt, which is part of the group, offered a special range of 250-themed products, including anniversary mugs, and teamed up with local distillery Black Shuck to create a limited-edition gin, where a percentage of each sale contributed to the impressive target.

Senior Family Director Nick Baker said: “We were committed to make a positive difference with our anniversary celebrations.

“After more than 250 years of being a part of the local community, supporting EACH has been a perfect collaboration for us, supporting local children and their families.”

Some of the team’s fundraising activities involved joining forces with the Budgens stores in Aylsham and Holt. Both are also part of the CT Baker Group, along with the builders’ merchants in Holt, Aylsham, Stalham and North Walsham.

Managing Director Carl Milton said: “I’m immensely proud of how determined and creative our team has been to achieve such an important amount over a particularly difficult two-year period.

“I can only imagine the immense difficulties EACH has faced with both their fundraising activities and in their day-to-day work, caring for young people with life-threatening conditions.

“I’m confident the money raised will make a positive impact to such a deserving charity.”

More fundraising for EACH is in the pipeline, including plans for a 1.6m owl sculpture painted with a landscape of Morston by internationally acclaimed young artist Kieron Williamson.

The owl, named Molly, has been a key feature of Keiron’s exhibitions hosted at The Gallery in Holt and can be seen on display at Bakers & Larners before finding her forever home and raising more funds for EACH.

Caroline Allen, EACH Senior Corporate Fundraiser, received a cheque from the firm and is pictured with Mr Milton (left) and Mr Baker.

She said: “We’re incredibly grateful to our friends at the CT Baker Group.

“As a team, they have worked so hard in challenging circumstances, because of the pandemic, to raise an extraordinary amount of money.

“It’s incredible and will make a real difference in terms of our work supporting families and caring for children and young people with life-threatening conditions.

“In addition to saying thank you, I’d also like to congratulate everyone at the firm for reaching their 250th anniversary.

“What an achievement and how incredible that a family-run company should be part of the local business community for such a very long time.”

EACH has three hospices, including one at The Nook, in Framingham Earl.

For further information about this release please contact:

Matt Plummer | Media and PR Manager | 07738 328058 | Matt.Plummer@each.org.uk

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