Food producer funds charity to help more sick children

Mark Newton (left), managing director of Freshtime, and John Stokes (right), Head of Procurement, present the last charity cheque to Emma and Karl Humphries from the Ally Cadence Trust. EMN-150202-114027001
Mark Newton (left), managing director of Freshtime, and John Stokes (right), Head of Procurement, present the last charity cheque to Emma and Karl Humphries from the Ally Cadence Trust. EMN-150202-114027001

A Walcott-based charity has received a final charity cheque for £1,252.27 from a Boston food producer, bringing the total for 2014 to £15,064.

The Ally Cadence Trust, set up by Emma and Karl Humphries from Walcott in 2009, provides emotional and financial support for families affected by Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type 1.

They started the charity in memory of their daughter Ally who lost her own battle with SMA aged just six months.

Staff at Freshtime, a leading snack salad and prepared vegetable specialist, raised funds throughout 2014 for the Ally Cadence Trust by staging events such as a climb up Mount Snowdon and a Christmas jumper day.

Managing director Mark Newton said: “Emma and Karl’s involvement with the fundraising has made a massive difference as the team could really tell how passionate they are. Their commitment to supporting families is phenomenal and their story is very moving – hearing it made us want to do as much as we could.”

Last year the trust was able to support 20 families across the UK who have been affected by SMA. “We’re in a much better financial position than we were thanks to Freshtime’s donations and we’re so happy to have been able to buy fibre-optic lights for the children – they love them,” said Emma. “We’ve also been able to purchase better quality equipment to improve the lives of children with SMA, as well as their families.”