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Ann Taylor – Raising funds through baking and show business now fundraising for The Great Escape 2019!

This month we’re celebrating the incredible fundraising efforts of one of our service users, Ann Taylor. With help from her key worker Heather Allen, she’s managed to raise three figure sums for charity in the past couple of years.

Ann first became interested in fundraising when she volunteered at a toy library charity . She decided to fundraise for Cancer Research. She had no connection with the charity but wanted to help people with cancer and saw a way to use her baking skills to do so.

During June and July 2017, she baked cakes for coffee mornings at The Camden Society’s office and launched a Just Giving page for online donations. It was a great success, raising an incredible £500 over a few weeks.

After this Ann was fired up for more fundraising and became inspired by photographs that Heather had shown her of a charity benefit show. She decided to organise a variety show for local children’s charity Noah’s Arc Children’s Hospice, inspired by her liking for children and desire to help those who were sick.

Ann was able to hold her show at the Theatro Technis in exchange for some voluntary work.. She recruited friends and Camden Society staff, some of whom have learning disabilities, as musicians, dancers, singers and all round entertainers. She did almost everything to organise the show with the support of Heather: designed the tickets, programme and flyers; acted as producer and director; and worked out the running order.

Ann’s Big Christmas Snowball Show took place in December 2017. It attracted a sizeable audience with a warm, lively atmosphere, and raised an incredible £350 for charity. Since then Ann has kept in contact with Noah’s Ark to follow their progress, and is keen to organise another show in the future.

In the meantime as she has caught the fundraising bug and has planned a baking project for The Camden Society, with the aim of raising money for The Great Escape 2019 - our group holiday for people with a learning disability planned for August this year.

You will be hearing more about this campaign and the fundraising activities being planned from our service users’ ideas over the next few months. But we’d like to say a huge thank you to Ann, who has already given us a head start by raising £136 by baking muffins and selling them at Holmes Road!

If you would like to fundraise for this year's Great Escape then contact Judith Walker, Fundraising Assistant, on 020 7485 8177 or at development@thecamdensociety.co.uk