Recipients of estate agency firm, Baker Wynne & Wilson’s incredible £25,000 community pledge campaign, which has been running throughout 2017, have been left with huge smiles on their faces as the Nantwich-based company helps make their dreams a reality.
Headed up by John Baker and Simon Morgan-Wynne, the business has sold in excess of 3600 houses over the years. As such, the founders felt strongly about celebrating 25 years in business by giving back to the community and launching a £25,000 community pledge, inviting organisations and charities from throughout the region to apply for funding for their worthwhile causes.
Supporting a wide and varied network of charities and organisations throughout Nantwich and surrounding areas, beneficiaries of Baker Wynne & Wilson’s exceptional generosity are already putting the money to good use.
From canoes for the 38th South West Cheshire Scouts and delightful woodland wildflowers that will improve the Nantwich riverside for ‘Green Spaces South Cheshire’, to sponsorship of the Betley Spartans Football Club and much needed donations to the Nantwich Food Bank. Over 24 organisations were rewarded with financial contributions towards much needed equipment and support.
John Baker of Baker Wynne & Wilson, comments: “It is truly thrilling to finally see the whole process take shape and to be able to reward those that are doing such great things for the communities of Nantwich and surrounding areas. Groups that have been cemented in society for generations, like Cub and Scout groups and local football teams, are in many ways just taken for granted, however, the hours of volunteer time that is put into them, as well as the money raised to provide basic equipment, is just taken for granted.
“It has been an honour to meet the beneficiaries and fully appreciate the work that they are doing. The money that we have provided seems like a drop in the ocean when we have been getting out to meet them, but everyone has been so grateful and put a great deal of thought into how and where they are spending the money. These projects are not only for the good of their individual organisations but the community as a whole.”
A major theme throughout the applications was getting communities out and about, with a strong focus on supporting community groups that want to carry out fun activities in an environment that they can relax and enjoy. Key examples here included support for Riding for the Disabled, sports associations, such as The Wingate Special Children’s Trust and music and performance groups such as the Nantwich Concert Band and The Funky Choir.
With health, safety and security also at the forefront of many of these community group pledges, those such as Wistaston Memorial Hall & Community are providing much needed equipment, such as a new defibrillator. Home-Start Central & West Cheshire is another great example, with their funding providing intensive support to a family in need in Nantwich.
Having pledged a breath-taking £25,000 to charities and organisations throughout Nantwich and surrounding areas at the start of the year, Nantwich estate agents, Baker Wynne & Wilson, who celebrate 25 years in business this year, host an exclusive event at Combermere Abbey to celebrate with the 24 beneficiaries.
The £25,000 community pledge was launched back in February and gave charities and organisations from Nantwich and surrounding areas the opportunity to pledge for money for specific projects that they were working on. The judging panel, which consisted of: the newly appointed High Sheriff of Cheshire, Sarah Callander Beckett, celebrity vet, Steve Leonard, MD of the UK’s largest regional cheese producer, Mike Heler and Christine Farrall, past mayor of Nantwich, amongst others, had an extremely tough time making a decision, but finally spilt the amount between 24 organisations.
The event was held last month at Combermere Abbey, home to Sarah Callander Beckett, the current High Sheriff of Cheshire and a key member of the judging team. All 24 beneficiaries, along with partners and members of their hard-working teams, enjoyed a champagne and canapé reception. With a speech from one of the company founders, John Baker, he and his team, as well as the five judges, were given the opportunity to meet everyone and find out more about the great work that they are doing for the community.
John Baker comments: “This whole process has been fantastic and has really opened our eyes to the amazing work that people are doing in our community. From the Overwater Wheelyboat Services, who make it possible for adults and children with disabilities to enjoy the British waterways, to Cheshire Young Carers, Riding for the Disabled, Worleston District Village Hall and Home-Start, which provides support to local families who are going through challenging times. This is just a handful of the organisations that we have chosen and we can’t wait to see how they are putting the pledge funding to great use.”
In addition to this, the food that was provided on the night was created by the talented catering team from the 2 AA Rosette awarded deli and restaurant, Academy Cheshire, based at South Cheshire College in Crewe. This is another fantastic project that gives students from the college the opportunity to try out their skills from a commercial perspective at events throughout the region.
In celebration of 25 years in business, Nantwich estate agent, Baker Wynne & Wilson, unveiled plans at the start the year to pledge an astounding £25,000 to charities and organisations throughout Nantwich and surrounding areas. The long standing estate agents, received 68 entries and have now selected 24 charities, an additional 9 to the figure they had originally proposed, who they will divide the money between.
Going back to their roots and wanting to thank the community that has supported them for the last 25 years, company founders, John Baker and Simon Morgan-Wynne, decided that the greatest way to celebrate this fantastic company milestone was to give something back. Entries came in across an exciting and worthwhile spectrum, including; Scout groups, Wildlife clubs, village greens, support organisations and music groups, all championing great causes and demonstrating the high caliber of support in the region.
The decision was reached by a high profile judging panel that included; the newly appointed High Sheriff of Cheshire, Sarah Callander Beckett, celebrity vet, Steve Leonard, MD of the UK’s largest regional cheese producer, Mike Heler and Christine Farrall, past mayor of Nantwich, amongst others. The group met at Combermere Abbey, based just outside Nantwich, hosted by Sarah Callander Becket, where they spent many hours going through every application in great detail.
John Baker comments: “We have been completely overwhelmed by the entries that have come in. For a relatively small community, there is an exceptional number of projects taking place in Nantwich and surrounding areas. Many of these charities and organisations are doing fantastic work with little or no money. It has been extremely difficult to select the organisations that we would like to support and if money were no object, we wouldn’t hesitate to offer something to them all.
“We would like to thank everyone that has been involved in the process, especially those that have taken the time to apply. I have personally contacted everyone that we are sadly unable to support and now very much look forward to making the 24 lucky beneficiaries aware of their donations from Baker Wynne Wilson.”
The company, which has sold in excess of 3750 houses over the years, will be holding an event for everyone involved next month, where each of the recipients will be formally offered their share of the pledge. The event will be attended by the Baker Wynne Wilson team, along with the panel of judges. After this, the full list of beneficiaries will be made available.
To find out more about the Baker Wynne Wilson £25,000 Community Pledge contact Karen Timmis on 01270 625 214 or email: Karen Timmis@bakerwynneandwilson.com