Thomas the Baker customers will help hundreds of people with cancer get nursing care in their homes after the family bakery presented a cheque for £10,000 to Macmillan Cancer Support last week ““ the biggest amount the bakery has ever raised for charity!

Thomas the Baker handed over the whopping sum to Macmillan at a special cheque presentation on October 25, which had been raised through sponsored walks and supplier contributions. But more than half the total ““ some £6,500 ““ had been donated by customers through collection boxes at its 34 shops.

John Thomas, managing director at Thomas the Baker, who presented the cheque to the charity, said: “Last year, we raised £7,000 for charity but this year we’re absolutely delighted to have exceeded expectations! Each year we put out a call to our staff to see which charity they’d like to support and this year they were overwhelming in favour of Macmillan. We’ve just had a member of staff return after having cancer treatment and you realise it’s something that touches everyone’s lives.”

“We’d like to say a big thank you to our customers who kindly donated so much of their spare change,” added Johns. “Without them we wouldn’t have reached such as significant total. We hope they can support us again next year in beating our record £10,000 total!”

Sally Millington, fundraising manager for Macmillan, who accepted the cheque on behalf of Macmillan, said: “I couldn’t believe it when the staff at Thomas the Baker told me how much they had raised. Everyone has been so generous in helping to raise such a magnificent amount.

“There are over 2 million people living with cancer in the UK. 1 in 3 people will receive a cancer diagnosis and it costs £191 to fund a Macmillan nurse for a day. This wonderful amount of money will allow us to reach so many more people who need support. We rely on donations for 98% of our income to fund our services so you know that every penny of this really will make a difference.”