Baking Forum event owners David Amos, Zeelandia; Steve Cook, Fine Lady Bakeries; Mike Roberts, Frank Roberts & Sons and Andy Pollard, AB Mauri, were happy to present a cheque for £20,000 on 20 July on behalf of The Baking Forum to Chris Tomkins at the Bakers Benevolent Society.
The £20,000 was raised from proceeds generated by this year’s Baking Forum event, which took place in Leeds and was attended by over 200 industry professionals. The Baker’s Benevolent Society provides sheltered housing for retired members of the baking industry and allied trades.
“The Baking Forum arose from a concept initiated and delivered by David, Steve, Mike and myself, with the aim of bringing together and engaging with the baking industry as a whole. It not only provided a great vehicle to enable networking and the debate of the industry’s future challenges, it additionally raised a significant amount of money for the Bakers’ Benevolent Society,” commented Andy Pollard, Managing Director, AB Mauri.
“The Baking Forum was delighted to support the Bakers Benevolent Society. We are extremely proud to have been able to present a cheque for £20,000 to such a deserving cause,” added Andrew Pyne, Chief Executive, the Federation of Bakers. “Having seen the baking industry turn out in large numbers for an inaugural and positively received event, it’s been a wonderful bonus to have been able to give something back to a cause that is close to the industry’s heart.”
The presentation of the cheque coincided with the society’s 50 year celebration of being in Epping and was celebrated by a residents tea party.
“The Bakers Benevolent Society is delighted to receive this significant amount of money which we aim to spend on our next project which is to update and improve our fire detection system and our warden call system to ensure the best possible safety and security for residents and staff. On their behalf we cannot thank you enough,” concluded Chris Tomkins, Chair, the Bakers Benevolent Society.
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