CHARITY & COMMUNITY

Since 2011 when Bakers moved to new premises in Brentwood we have donated well in excess of £40,000 to charities and good causes.

Bakers Labels in the community

With our athlete identifaction brand Sportstiks we are the title sponsor of the Brentwood Half Marathon and Fun Run 2018. Now in its 37th year, the Brentwood half marathon is a fantastic non-profit making event, organised by volunteers from the Rotary of Brentwood a Becket. We will be supporting the Rotary throughout the build up to the event and on race day to bring a memorable  experience for all entrants.

As part of Baker Labels 45th birthday celebrations we will be entering a team of at least 45 runners in the event who will be fundraising for our nominated charities, Kids Inspire and Georgia’s Teenage Cancer Appeal.

Kids Inspire logo

Kids Inspire has been Baker’s chosen charity since 2011 and has donated a total of £21,300 to date to the charity.

Kids Inspire supports young people across Essex who are at an educational, social and/or economic disadvantage, for example, they might be experiencing relationship abuse, anxiety or be subject to bullying. The Charity mainly supports those recovering from trauma and/or dealing with emerging mental health issues.

Many young people are referred to Kids Inspire because other agencies consider them to be ‘too complex’ to help. Kids Inspire is capable of dealing with the most complex of cases and does not turn people away. The Charity has assisted Social Care in closing hundreds of cases.

In January 2017 Steve and Mandy Baker presented Rachael Basset from Kids Inspire a cheque for £5,000 to update and overhaul their IT system.

“We have supported different Kids Inspire projects for the last 5 years, each of which supported families and children directly sometimes in an emergency situation. This donation of £5,000 is a one off opportunity to help with the infrastructure of the charity, helping to strengthen the charity enough to take it to the next level. We’re very fortunate at Bakers to have access to the latest technology in IT systems and recognise the advantages this brings. We’re delighted to able to help the team at Kids Inspire” Steve Baker, Managing Director.

The Kids Inspire mentoring programme

HR and Finance Manager, Mandy Baker volunteers for Kids Inspire as a child mentor offering support and guidance on a one-to-one basis.  The Kids Inspire mentoring programme offers young people in need the chance to form a positive, trusting relationship with an adult role model – their mentor.

Mandy underwent comprehensive training before being carefully matched to a young person. The two meet, usually for an hour a week, while Kids Inspire provides continued support and guidance. Mandy engages the mentee in fun, everyday activities allowing him/her to fell valued and secure. To find out more about how you could help please visit the Kids Inspire website.

All the money we raise has always been needed to support the children’s projects. They will make a huge difference to the streamlining of projects and planning of grant applications. We’ve relied on donations of second hand or refurbished equipment in the past which often made the administration work labour intensive as they would be slow or unreliable. We already work so hard but with the new computers and IT system we’ll be able to work smarter. We can’t thank Bakers enough”. Rachael Basset, Kids Inspire

Baker labels present cheque to Kids Inspire
Bakers' team get muddy
Bakers team runners in the Brentwood Half marathon

Since 2011 when Bakers moved to new premises in Brentwood we have donated well in excess of £40,000 to charities and good causes.

The Cordery family

To know that this service we provide is going to be covered financially is an amazing help to us. We know that tens of dozens of patients and their families have been helped by this service over the last 8 years and many more will use it in the months and years to come. It’s invaluable and we’re very proud to be able to offer it. We can’t thank Bakers enough for their generous support,”

Kirsty Dailly, Chair, Georgia’s Teenage Cancer Appeal.

GTCA logo

Georgia’s Teenage Cancer Appeal (GTCA) aims to improve the lives of children and young adults in Essex, who are suffering from cancer and other life threatening and life limiting conditions.

From laptops to help teenagers continue their studies and keep in contact friends during extended stays in hospital to garden playhouses, pushchairs and bean bags. From trips to Legoland bringing families together to covering travel costs of regular visits to London hospitals, GTCA will do whatever they can to make their lives a little better during the most difficult time.

The charity is named after Georgia Cordery, who attended school in Brentwood with Mandy and Steve Baker’s eldest son Harry. Georgia was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer in 2008 aged just 13. She died in May 2010 and GTCA remains as her legacy.

Baker’s Self Adhesive Label Co has confirmed long term support to Georgia’s Teenage Cancer Appeal by funding one of the charity’s projects with up to £3000 a year.

About the project:

  • Since 2009 Georgia’s Teenage Cancer Appeal (GTCA) has provided taxis for young patients receiving treatment for cancer at UCLH and the MacMilllan Centre in London to main line London stations.
  • This allows them the swiftest journey home to surrounding counties such as Essex without having to use public transport from hospital to station where they are more at risk of catching infection following chemotherapy.
  • Depending on their condition not all patients qualify for an ambulance to take them home after treatment and those that do often face very long, uncomfortable journeys with multiple drop offs for other patients. An ambulance is not permitted to drop patients at stations. A taxi to the station is the best option in most cases.
  • The charity’s account with Spotty Cars taxi company has an average bill of £250 a month, up to £3,000 a year.
  • The project was instigated by Georgia Cordery and her parents when they realised it was the best way to get home to Brentwood following several days of her receiving treatment. London taxis are expensive so the option isn’t viable every time for many families who are already struggling with the costs of living with cancer.

Bakers close ties with GTCA don’t stop with financial support. HR and Finance Manager Mandy Baker volunteers as the charity’s treasurer and Baker’s PR and Marketing Executive Kirsty Dailly is the Chair of the charity’s trustees.

“We have been keen supporters of Georgia’s Teenage Cancer Appeal for several years and have attended many of their fundraising events. When we heard about this specific project we saw it as an opportunity to be able to offer more regular support that the charity could rely on.”  Mandy Baker, HR and Finance Manager at Baker Labels.

To know that this service we provide is going to be covered financially is an amazing help to us. We know that tens of dozens of patients and their families have been helped by this service over the last 8 years and many more will use it in the months and years to come. It’s invaluable and we’re very proud to be able to offer it. We can’t thank Bakers enough for their generous support,”

Kirsty Dailly, Chair, Georgia’s Teenage Cancer Appeal.