Cranstons Cumbrian Foodhall on Ullswater Road hosted an evening of festivities on Thursday, 1st December, to raise money for Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland.
During the event, a total of £1962.28 was raised through entry ticket sales, donations and raffle ticket sales by Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors.
Guests enjoyed an exclusive sampling of Cranstons Christmas range as well as the opportunity to meet and chat with local suppliers, Bryson’s of Keswick, Bruce and Luke’s Coffee, Taste of Eden, Saunders Chocolates, The Lakes Distillery, Eden Brewery and Eden Valley Venison who offered samples and fun ways to use their products.
The Eden Community Choir greeted guests with Christmas Carols in a folk-style whilst guests enjoyed their complimentary mulled wine and mince pie.
Cumbrian Foodhall Manager Alan Brown and Butchery Manager Rob McManus, demonstrated their butchery skills by breaking down a full hindquarter throughout the event. Many customers purchased joints and cuts from the demonstration.
Michelin Star Chef Steven Doherty, showed Preview Night guests how to make apple strudel as well as making the most of Christmas leftovers in a cookery masterclasses held in Café Oswald’s.
The money raised at the Cumbrian Foodhall, combined with the amount raised at Orton Grange’s evening the previous week to an amazing £3,465.
Cranstons 2016 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.
Alan Brown, joint Foodhall manager said: “We are delighted to have once again, raised a significant amount of money for our company charity Hospice at Home. It was a great festive evening enjoyed by all who came along.”
Caroline Dinham, joint Foodhall manager said: “I’d like to extend thanks to our wonderful suppliers who have once again supported this brilliant event and helping us raise funding for the nursing care provided by Hospice at Home.”
Julie Blundell, Charity Fundraiser for Hospice at Home said: “This great donation is extremely kind of the Cranstons’ team and will provide many hours of end of life nursing care to local patients and help support families and carers who are enduring difficult times.
The true kindness of Cumbrians is so apparent when occasions such as this takes place. These great funds raised are extremely important especially as patient referrals during 2015- 2016 increased by 15%. This added to the 28% increase the previous year equating to a massive rise in referrals over the last 2 years. This puts great strain on our resources so funds such as this are especially important.
I would sincerely like to thank Cranston’s for their generosity, for continually committing to raise funds for hospice care in the home, and for making a difference to the local community.”