Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Bertrams Bake and Take Their Cake

[caption id="attachment_3028" align="alignleft" width="224"] What a line up![/caption]

An impressive line up of treats and goodies was seen in the staff canteen at Bertrams in Norwich a couple of weeks ago when Carole Fletcher (Sales) and Tom Chapman (Customer Services) arranged a fun Bake & Cake Sale.

Why Bertrams are fundraising

Great Ormond Street Hospital is close to Bertrams colleagues' hearts as it has provided Michelle Ward from Customer Services and her son, Kieran a great deal of support and help since Kieran was born.  Kieran was born in Jan 2011 he was struggling with his feeding and was sleeping a lot, at 10 weeks old found out that Kieran had a VSD (Hole in his heart)

[caption id="attachment_3029" align="alignright" width="300"] Michelle with Kieran[/caption]

In October 2011 they decided that Kieran needed to have an open heart operation to close the hole. The hospital has provided the facilities and support to carry out 2 open heart operations for Kieran and hospital accommodation for Michelle and partner for various overnight stays at the hospital.

It is now 3 months after his 2 open heart ops and Kieran has done amazingly well, he has started to eat more solids, drink his bottle and put on weight, he has turned into a cheeky 16 month old little boy.

Donations allow the hospital to buy equipment, fund research and provide better facilities that would otherwise be unaffordable under the NHS.  This is a fantastic charity and any support that we can give goes a long way to helping them continue to provide the dedication and support that they do for babies like Kieran.

What Bertrams did

[caption id="attachment_3030" align="alignleft" width="224"] Cupcakes are proving popular this year[/caption]

The Sales and Customer Services team as well as many other employees from across the business put their baking to the test and provided some wonderful treats to help raise money for such a wonderful cause.  The cakes went down very well, with even some questions being asked as to who made the delicious carrot cake muffins?!!

Jason Cherrington & Graeme Underhill have also promised that if we bake them a further 12 sausage rolls each, they will pay towards our fundraising total.  Further baking will definitely be happening over the next few days in that case I believe!

Alexa Wylie (Executive PA) donated a generous amount after seeing the benefits of the Great Ormond Street Hospital documentary on T.V.

Michelle and Kieran also made an appearance on the day, even though it was Michelle’s day off.  To see Kieran full of life and such a happy little boy, was lovely and this is all thanks to the Great Ormond Street Charity and staff.  Michelle was delighted that we had decided to raise money for the charity and thanked us considerably for doing so!

A fantastic £270 was raised.  A huge thank you to all involved!!!!

1 comment:

  1. Mark Cashmore, Chief Executive17 June 2012 at 06:02

    Good to see Kieran looking so healthy in the picture. I hope he continues to progress well under Great Ormond Street's care