Over £1,000 raised at charity baker’s Armed Forces Day fundraiser

Charity baker David Brown with the Help for Heroes mascot. Picture: Sally Williams.

Charity baker David Brown with the Help for Heroes mascot. Picture: Sally Williams. - Credit: Archant

Charity baker David Brown is a step closer to his £100,000 milestone dream after hosting another successful Armed Forces Day event.

Cakes for sale at David Brown's Armed Forces Day Event. Picture: Sally Williams.

Cakes for sale at David Brown's Armed Forces Day Event. Picture: Sally Williams. - Credit: Archant

Around 200 people visited Mr Brown's home in Burgh St Peter on Saturday to enjoy homemade cakes, pastries and a cuppa with friends.

Mr Brown, who has been selling his homemade cakes and chutneys with his late wife Pat for the past eight years, celebrated raising over £50,000 for Help for Heroes last July.

And following his latest fundraiser, a further £10,640 has been raised for the charity since then.

Mr Brown said: 'It was a wonderful day and the atmosphere was fantastic.


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'I'm thrilled to bits with the amount we have raised as I was out of action for two months and I was worried we might not raise another £10,000 this year, but we have raised even more.

'I want to thank all the local businesses and residents who donated some wonderful raffle prizes. Without them and the support of all my customers I would have never got this far and I am so grateful.'

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The couple were inspired to start fundraising through their daughter Sally Williams, who has served in the army for more than 20 years. After being so moved by the soldiers they met, they decided to support the charity, which helps wounded military personnel.

Their first Armed Forces Day event in 2009 raised more than £300, and since then it has become a highlight on the village calendar.

As well as chutneys and cakes, there was also a tea tent, a raffle, books, jigsaws and a jumble sale.

The day raised £1,244, with a further £270 raised the following day at Sotterley Country Fayre.

Mr Brown said: 'Sotterley was the icing on the cake to a great weekend.'

Mr Brown has recently picked up two awards for his charity work - the Extraordinary Ongoing Support for Help for Heroes award and the Stars of Lowestoft and Waveney Unsung Hero of the Year. He dedicated both awards to Pat.

To stay up-to-date with Mr Brown's fundraising, search for Dad's Help for Heroes Page on Facebook.

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