Last week Cranstons Christmas Preview evening raised £2269 for Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland. Managing Director Philip Cranston announced plans to raise further funds for the charity, pledging to donate 50p from every Cranstons Luxury Christmas Pudding sold.
The Christmas Charity Preview Evening was held on 20th November at the Cumbrian Food Hall in Penrith and featured a range of demonstrations, tastings and other attractions. Over 200 people attended the event.
All ticket and raffle proceeds were donated to Hospice at Home, supplemented by collection tins, sales of Christmas cards and a donation for participation in a wine tasting.
Shap C of E Primary School choir sang Christmas carols as guests were greeted with hot mince pies and mulled wine. Local suppliers Bells of Lazonby, Country Flavour Marmalades & Preserves, Saunders Chocolates, Eden Brewery, Taste of Eden, The Sweetmeat Company and Eden Valley Venison were all present, offering guests tasters and information about their products.
Managing Director Philip Cranston, Food Hall Manager Alan Brown, Butchery Manager Rob McManus and Apprentice Butcher Luke Gate demonstrated a range of butchery skills throughout the evening, including preparation of game, Christmas poultry and Dexter beef, whilst Café Oswald’s Head Chef Alex Yates led Christmas cookery demonstrations including an easy-make Cranberry sauce.
The second phase of Cranstons fund-raising drive, a 50p donation from every Cranstons Luxury Christmas Pudding sold, is now underway. Both Cranstons Luxury Traditional Pudding and Cranstons Cranberry & Orange pudding have once again been made by Lynne Mallinson of Country Puddings Dacre this year. These products are available from any of Cranstons six stores.
Sheila Thompson, Hospice at Home Charity Director, said, ‘We are delighted to be working with local award winning business Cranstons and we are very grateful to Philip, Roger and their team for their continued support. The money raised will enable our nursing service to provide much needed palliative care to patients at the end stages of life and give support to their families and carers.”
Speaking after the event, Philip Cranston said, ‘Our Cumbrian Food Hall preview night has become Cranstons most popular annual event. Every year we are thrilled with the support we get from our customers who come out in force and give generously to the hospice whilst enjoying a relaxed night of quality festive food and drink. Cranstons have supported the Hospice for a number of years, it is great to support a charity that provides such a crucial service to our community. The preview night kicks off our festive fund-raising drive. It’s a lovely evening to host with a real joyous feel and this year we were particularly pleased to welcome more local producers and farmers than ever, with huge amounts of ‘tasters’ on offer. I don’t think anyone went home hungry!’