Thorn Baker Group: Giving Something Back
Over the years we’ve raised a lot for our chosen charities – in this blog, we’ll take a look at some of the fantastic charities we’ve raised money for over the last couple of years.
Rod Stewart once said ‘You know I think I could give a little more back to charity.’ This is something that our staff at Thorn Baker Group have in common with Rod. As a Group our core values People-driven; Solution-focused and Positive-minded. These values are fundamental to how we run as a business and they really do shine when we take a look at all of the fundraising that our staff does.
Dress Down Pay Day
Over the years we’ve climbed mountains, walked/ run marathons, relay bike raced, rowed, baked, dressed down and golfed (to name a few) to raise money. Whilst everyone who decides to do a little themselves we do have a Thorn Baker tradition that everyone takes part in. On payday each month we have a companywide ‘dress down’ day where participants make a donation, a winner is drawn and they get to choose which charity the money raised is donated to.
So far our dress down day has raised over £16,000 for the following charities:
- British Heart Foundation
- Macular Society
- Macmillan Cancer Support
- St Peters Hospice
- The British Red Cross Society
- Teenage Cancer Trust
- Rainbows Hospice
- Ben’s Den
- Christmas Jumper Day (Save the Children)
- Cancer Research UK
- The Bobby Moore Fund
- Cystic Fibrosis Trust
- Alzheimer’s Society
- Ability Net
- Middlesbrough & Teesside Philanthropic Foundation
- Children’s Hospice South West
- Breast Cancer Research
- Maggie’s Nottingham
- 52 Lives
- Crohn's and Colitis UK
What's Happening This Year?
This year is looking to be busy on the fundraising front - the Thorn Strollers will be taking part in Race to the Tower again, it's a fully-supported, award-winning ultra marathon for runners and walkers to take on the stunning Cotswold Way. Everyone will be taking part to raise money for their charities of choice. Keep an eye out for their JustGiving pages, every donation helps!
Our Chesterfield branch will be running events throughout the year to support their chosen local charity Ashgate Hospice Care. Their services are free of charge to patients with any life-limiting illness and they extend our support to patients’ families throughout these tough times - they rely entirely on donations. The team kicked off with a relay bike race in their office which raised over £400, the target for the year is £4000 so it's a great start. The next event coming up is a boxing match where our Branch Manager Rose Joseph and Consultant Thomas Kemp will be in the ring! Their colleague Curt Walker is training them ahead of the match - good luck both! If you'd like to read about how the team is raising money and donate you can do that here.