Covid-19 won't stop Salisbury fundraiser, aged 106, from supporting NSPCC

Covid-19 won't stop Salisbury fundraiser, aged 106, from supporting NSPCC

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:42am 14th May 2020.

3 minute read

Anne Baker normally holds a birthday party to raise money for the charity's work with children, but she's still doing her bit during lockdown.

Anne's been supporting the NSPCC for more than 50 years, and has been hosting an annual garden party at her home in Harnham for the last decade.

The current situation means the gathering can't go ahead this year, but Anne's come up with another way to mark her special birthday.

Anne Baker surrounded by friends and family at her NSPCC garden party in 2018
Anne with friends and family at one of her previous garden parties

She's set up her first JustGiving page to keep the fundraising going, with the help of her son David, and has so far had more than £3,000 donated. 

Anne put together this video before the money really started coming in: 

She's told Spire FM why she's so keen to support the NSPCC, particularly at this time: 

"I thought of the children, sometimes in very crowded flats, unable to go out, perhaps with no gardens. The NSPCC are so good because they try to keep the families together."

The party would have been held today (Thursday 14th May), on Anne's 106th birthday. 

She was born at the start of the First World War, on 14th May 1914.

Anne says she's hopeful that she can have the party again next year, with a bit of help from her friend Sheril Witt, and other NSPCC volunteers.

Anne Baker and Dame Esther Rantzen at Anne's annual garden party 2018
Anne Baker, from Harnham, was joined by Dame Esther Rantzen for her garden party in 2018

She's also said there's no great secret to her long life either: 

"It's just happiness! I've got five children who are all very sweet to me, so it's just happiness!"

CHARITY SO GRATEFUL FOR FUNDRAISERS LIKE ANNE

The NSPCC say it's a 'great shame' that the Salisbury party can't happen this year, as it's 'always guaranteed to be a lot of fun'.

Wiltshire Supporter Fundraiser for the charity, Caroline Morgan has been speaking to Spire FM about Anne Baker's incredible support: 

All the money raised through Anne's birthday fundraiser will go to the NSPCC's Covid-19 emergency appeal.

The charity's 'adapting the way it works so that it can support children at a time when schools are closed, families are struggling to adapt to lockdown, and vulnerable children are at risk'.

90% of the NSPCC's funding comes from public support.

Tidworth NSPCC Centre 1 (Faye Marsh)
The NSPCC's Tidworth Service Centre

The charity also has a Service Centre at Tidworth on Wylye Road, which is still offering support at this time.

They're working with expectant parents at risk of anxiety and depression, through virtual sessions.

People can refer themselves to get support from the project by emailing tidworth.servicecentre@nspcc.org.uk or calling 01980 846 164. 

The NSPCC's helplines are also still open to support people concerned about the welfare of a child: 

  • Adults can call the NSPCC helpline for free and confidential advice on 0808 800 5000 or visit nspcc.org.uk
  • Children can contact Childline for free on 0800 1111 or visit childline.org.uk
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