Last week Cranstons Christmas Preview evening raised £2,300 for Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland, exceeding last year’s total by £200. Managing Director Philip Cranston announced plans to raise further funds for the charity, pledging to donate 20p from every Large Pork Pie and 4p from every Small Pork Pie sold this Christmas.
The Christmas Charity Preview Evening was held on 21st November at the Cumbrian Food Hall in Penrith and featured a range of demonstrations, tastings and other attractions. Over 220 people were in attendance.
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.
Penrith Queen Elizabeth Grammar School choir sang Christmas carols as guests were greeted with hot mince pies and mulled wine. Local suppliers Geltsdale Brewery, Mr Vikki’s, Traybakes, Saunders Chocolates, Country Puddings, The Fish Cellar and James Fruit & Vegetables chatted to guests about their products and offered free ‘tasters’ of their products.
Managing Director Philip Cranston and Food Hall Butchery Manager Rob McManus demonstrated a range of butchery skills throughout the evening, including preparation of game, Christmas poultry and Dexter Beef, whilst Café Oswald’s Head Chef Nick King showed guests how to prepare Christmas canapés.
The second phase of Cranstons fund-raising drive, a 20p donation from every Large Pork Pie and 4p from every Small Pork Pie sold this Christmas, is now underway. These products are available from any of Cranstons six stores, including their brand-new Food Hall at Orton Grange, near Carlisle.
Sheila Thompson, Hospice at Home Charity Director, said, ‘we are delighted to be working in partnership with Cranstons who have continued to support the charity over the past 16 years. We are very grateful to Philip and Roger, their staff team and customers at Cranstons for their very generous support and encouragement.’
Speaking after the event, Philip Cranston said, ‘we have once again managed to exceed the previous year’s total with the aid of our loyal customers, who are always willing to support our Charity Preview Night. We raised £200 more this year and hope that this, coupled with the proceeds from our charity pork pie sales in the lead-up to Christmas, will allow us to far exceed the total we raised last festive period.’
CAPTION, Left to right: Hospice volunteers with Philip and Roger Cranston. Nancy Cammock, Philip Cranston, Maureen Holliday, Roger Cranston, Alison Jones, Ian Stuart and Tina Walker.