Last week Cranstons Christmas Preview evening raised £1538 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 over the festive period.
The Christmas Charity Preview Evening was held on 12th November at the Cumbrian Food Hall in Penrith and featured a range of demonstrations, tastings and other attractions. Over 150 people attended the event.
All ticket proceeds were donated to Hospice at Home, supplemented by donations from collection tins and a wine tasting, sales of Christmas cards, plus all tickets sold for a generous raffle in which guests had the opportunity to win one of many amazing prizes kindly provided by Cranstons suppliers.
Penrith Queen Elizabeth Grammar School choir sang Christmas carols as guests were greeted with hot mince pies and mulled wine handmade by Cranstons Café Oswald’s. Local suppliers Eden Brewery, Kin Vodka, Traybakes, The Magnificent Marshmallow Company, Silver and Green (olives and antipasti) and Eden Valley Venison were all in attendance, offering guests tasters and information about their products as well as a host of exciting party foods, cocktails, hot chocolate and much more.
Managing Director Philip Cranston and Butchery Manager Rob McManus demonstrated a range of butchery skills throughout the evening, including preparation of game and Christmas poultry and Dexter beef, whilst acclaimed Chef Steven Doherty produced a fantastic dish of Sticky Pulled Pork and Venison using local produce for delighted onlookers.
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 are available from any of Cranstons six stores and form an ideal centrepiece for any Christmas dinner table.
Sheila Thompson, Head of Non-Clinical Services at Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland, said, ‘We are delighted to work with Cranstons for yet another successful preview evening and are grateful to Philip, Roger and their team for their continued support. The money raised will enable our clinical service to provide palliative care to patients at the end stages of life and give support to their families and carers.’
Philip Cranston said, ‘Despite the poor weather our generous customers turned up to support our Preview Night, raising much-needed funds for the Hospice. I would also like to thank our suppliers that came along on the night for contributing to a fun and relaxed evening – with cocktails, hearty game stews, demonstrations and tasters galore, there was a real party atmosphere that was in no small part down to their efforts. We now look forward to raising even more money for the Hospice through sales of our charity product and also our Orton Grange Preview Night on 18th November.’