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Baker's Armed Forces Day event raises more than £1,200 for Help for Heroes

David Brown held his 10th Armed Forces Day fundraiser. 
Picture: Nick Butcher.

David Brown held his 10th Armed Forces Day fundraiser. Picture: Nick Butcher.

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More than £1,200 was raised for Help for Heroes as a charity baker held his 10th Armed Forces Day event.

David Brown's cake stall set up on Armed Forces Day. Picture: Sally Williams.David Brown's cake stall set up on Armed Forces Day. Picture: Sally Williams.

David Brown welcomed visitors into his garden at Burgh St Peter for the fundraiser on Saturday, June 30, where he offered his homemade cakes and chutneys, a tea tent and raffle.

Mr Brown, 75, held his first event for Help for Heroes in 2009, with his late wife Pat busy baking in the kitchen.

The couple were inspired to raise funds for the charity by their daughter Sally Williams, who served in the army for 24 years.

David Brown's chutney stall set up on Armed Forces Day. Picture: Sally Williams.David Brown's chutney stall set up on Armed Forces Day. Picture: Sally Williams.

And after Pat unexpectedly passed away in March 2016, just missing them reach the £50,000 milestone that July, Mr Brown vowed to continue fundraising in his wife’s honour to reach the £100,000 mark.

And with £1,242 raised on the day, taking the total Mr Brown has raised over the past year to £10,000, he is moving even closer to that dream.

He said: “It was a superb day.

“I had people visiting me from Norwich, Bressingham, Beccles as well as people from the village supporting me as usual.

“I was gobsmacked with how much we raised. I couldn’t have asked for a better day.

“Someone said to me that it is the social event of the year, which was really lovely to hear.”

Mr Brown was in his garden at 4am that morning preparing everything for the day, helped out by his family and friends.

He added: “Everyone mucked in and did a really good job. I can’t thank them all enough.”

Mr Brown’s total is now reaching the £76,000 mark, and he doesn’t plan on stopping yet.

A Help for Heroes spokesman said: “David has selflessly dedicated his time and energy into baking and raising money for Help for Heroes. He has gone over and above the ordinary in his fundraising efforts, and has inspired many of our supporters to take to the kitchen and become involved with Bake for Heroes.

“We are grateful for everything he has done, and his tireless support for the charity.”

He has two further stalls coming up in the weeks ahead, with the first in his usual spot at Exchange Square in Beccles on Saturday, July 14 from 8am.

He will also be setting up a stall at the Wheetacre White Lion’s classic car festival on July 21.

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