Members of the public were invited to Cranstons Foodhall at Orton Grange for an evening of festive food, drink and entertainment in support of Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland on Wednesday November 18th. £1625 was raised at the event.
Mulled wine was served on arrival along with freshly baked mince pies from Gretna Bakery, a welcome treat for those who braved the stormy weather. Dalston Ladies Choir provided Christmas cheer with carol singing.
Guests enjoyed tasters of Cranstons Christmas range as well as samples from local suppliers Kin Vodka, Saunders Chocolates, Wild & Fruitful and Gretna Bakery who all attended the event. Orton Grange Café and Gift Shop were open throughout the evening with Claire Scott donating 24 Yankee Candles worth £19 each to a free prize draw for ticketholders.
Cranstons Managing Director Philip Cranston and Orton Foodhall manager Peter Potts and butcher Giovanni Mascia demonstrated their butchery skills throughout the evening, including a handy walkthrough of preparing festive poultry.
Michelin Star Chef and Consultant at Cranstons Café Oswald’s Steven Doherty, showed Preview Night guests quirky and fun ways to prepare venison in a cookery masterclass.
Philip Cranston said, “This is the first time we’ve opened our charity Christmas Preview Night to the public at Orton Grange and we really appreciate the support they’ve shown to Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland. Everyone had a fun and festive evening with us and the Orton Grange Gift Shop and Café and it’s great once again to support such a wonderful charity. We’ve raised £1625, which is more than in previous years at Orton Grange. It was a pleasure to host such an event for Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland.”
A second Christmas Preview event at the Cumbrian Foodhall in Penrith the previous week raised £1538 for the charity, bringing the total raised so far this festive season to £3163.
Dr Alison Miles, Chair of Trustees at Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland, said, "Over the years Cranstons have been great supporters of Hospice at Home and the Christmas Preview Evening was the latest example of their generosity. It was an extremely enjoyable evening for everyone - the Food Hall was bright, colourful and welcoming, the food and drink testers were extremely tempting and the atmosphere was fantastic. Clearly a huge amount of planning, work and volunteer support went into making the evening such a success and we are delighted that it raised so much money - thank you so much to everyone."
Cranstons 2015 Hospice at Home fundraising continues with 50p from every Christmas pudding and Cranberry and Orange pudding sold over the festive period being donated to the charity. The puddings are available from any of Cranstons six stores.