Bury St Edmunds charity’s joy after business pledges support

Mark Byford, of the Crack On Foundation
Mark Byford, of the Crack On Foundation
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A charity that helps disadvantaged people with skills and education has expressed joy over a local business’s ‘amazing’ pledge of support over the next three years,

Mark Byford, CEO of the charity The Crack On Foundation, which works to secure positive outcomes for vulnerable people, said that the offer of support from web and graphic design company Spi-des-ign, was the result of an appeal to give local businesses the opportunity to get involved in the charity’s work.

The company will use their expertise to offer support worth £10,000 to the charity over the next three years, helping with all aspects of marketing, including branding, web design and leaflets.

Mr Byford said he was enthusiastic about thinking of different ways that local businesses could help.

“We have recently had an offer from a catering company to run fund-raising events. So we are open to any form of donation - it’s not just about writing a cheque,” he said.

Richard Gurteen, who owns and runs Spi-des-ign with his wife Kelly, who is also a teacher, said they were inspired to get involved after recently attending the charity’s farm open day.

He said: “What they have set up is great - it gives people a chance, which is what we liked about it. Mark is obviously very passionate about what he does.”

Mr Byford said their drive to get businesses involved in their work was ‘just getting started’.

The Crack On Foundation has various shops in the area including in Bury St Edmunds, a warehouse in Thetford and a farm in Thurston.

The charity recently appealed for food items and presents for its festive initiatives.