Yorkshire-based Thomas the Baker has presented a cheque for £10,000 to the British Heart Foundation.

The bakery has organised a number of fundraising initiatives for the charity in the past year, including selling merchandise, running quizzes, having themed dress up days and a sponsored walk around the local countryside.

The donation will go towards the British Heart Foundation’s mission to fund research to fight against cardiovascular disease.

Over the last eight years Thomas the Baker has donated £74,000 to its chosen charities, including the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Together for Short Lives, Help for Heroes and Marie Curie.

“Every year we ask members of our team to nominate a worthy cause to be our charity of the year,” said Chris Chapman, quality assurance manager for Thomas the Baker. “We were delighted to raise £10,000 for the British Heart Foundation, which is a cause very close to many of our hearts. It’s great to get everyone at all our shops – both customers and staff – involved.”

British Heart Foundation’s fundraising manager Jane Horshell said she would like to thank everyone who has helped to make its partnership with Thomas the Baker a success.

“The money raised from this partnership will play a crucial role in helping us find new ways to help keep more hearts beating,” Horshell said.

Thomas the Baker will continue its charity work for the next year with the Alzheimer’s Society.