CT Baker Budgens of Holt staff have thanked the local community for their support following an online fundraiser, which was set up following a fire that devastated the town’s only supermarket on 20 June.
An online crowdfunder, set up by Jono Read, raised £7,222 for the 80-strong CT Baker Budgens of Holt team. Mr Read set up the fundraiser to help the community show their appreciation for the team who had provided a much-valued service during the pandemic and for the many years that Budgens has been the only supermarket in Holt.
Mr Read presented a cheque to Jess Read, a member of the CT Baker Budgens of Holt team and Louise Cowell, Marketing and Communications Manager for CT Baker Group. The fund has been shared equally among the team.
Mr Read said: “Budgens of Holt was a lifeline for many people in the town over the last 35 years, and in particular during the pandemic, and Holt is still feeling the consequences of losing it.
“The crowdfunder was an attempt to turn the sadness and shock on the night of the fire into something positive, and I’m delighted by the response, and how many came forward to offer support.
“My first job when I was a student was with Budgens and I still have friends and family working there, so I’m pleased we’ve been able to give something back at such a difficult time.”
Jane Gurney-Read, managing director for CT Baker Group, which owns the store, also offered her thanks: “The support from the local community since we lost Budgens of Holt in June has been quite simply incredible.
“I would like to thank Jono for setting up the crowdfunding for the Budgens of Holt team and every single person and business who donated to it. Your kindness, generosity and recognition of the team, who had given so much throughout the coronavirus pandemic and for the many years the store has been an integral part of Holt, has been hugely appreciated and will not be forgotten.”
Caroline Gray, who received a cheque as part of the crowdfunder, said: “I was quite overwhelmed and it was such a lovely gesture.”
Sylvia Hill added: “Thank you to everyone who donated to the fund for us, it was such a generous thing to do.”