December 12 2013 Latest news:
By RICHARD BATSON
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Staff from a north Norfolk business have raised a sky-high sum for a cancer charity, by jumping out of a plane at 13,000ft.
The 12-strong team from Holt-based C T Baker - with managing director Michael Baker leading by example - did a mass skydive which has generated more than £15,000 for Big C.
After plunging 8,000ft in 40 seconds at speeds of about 200mph, they then gently floated back to earth strapped to the tandem dive experts they were strapped to.
Mr Baker’s secretary Michelle Allard, who was among the jumpers, said: “It was absolutely fantastic, everyone enjoyed it.
“We had to wait for some cloud and fog to lift. When we left the aircraft there was still cloud, so you could not see the ground.
“And when Mr Baker went through a cloud he saw a rainbow.” she added.
The jump, which took place Beccles airfield, involved staff from across the company - its Budgens supermarkets, Bakers and Larners department store, C T Baker builders merchants and its office.
Support came from sponsors and suppliers to the company, with further cash coming from tombolas, collections and raffles organised by employees.
It was the idea of Mr Baker, whose wife Caroline did a similar jump for Big C the previous year.
Mr Baker said he was extremely proud of the team from the business who volunteered to jump and raised this truly amazing amount of money which will go to support families in Norfolk who are or have been affected by cancer.
The jumpers have presented their funds - totalling £15,289.67 - to Big C chief executive Daniel Williams and fundraising manager Diane Northway.
The people who took part (left to right in the main picture) were: Dawn Ray (North Walsham builders merchants), Vicky Harrison (department store), Emily Norman (office), Emily Hill (department store) - Diane Northway from Big C - Phil Ashlin (Budgens), Michael Baker, Ryan Osborn (Budgens) - Daniel Williams from Big C - Natasha McColl (department store), Denise Moy (office), Michelle Allard (office).
Missing from the main picture are fellow jumpers Alex Davis (Budgens) and Carl Furness (Aylsham builders merchants).
Baker’s director Jane Gurney-Reed said the Big C events were on top of existing charities of the year supported by the business: with Budgens helping Riding for the Disabled this year, and the builders’ merchants raising cash for the Alzheimers Society.