Cranstons raised £4076 this festive season for Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland through two Christmas shopping events, sale of a charity product and instore collection tins, beating their previous Christmas fundraising drive total.
£3548 was raised during Cranstons Christmas Preview Evenings at their Penrith Food Hall and Food Hall at Orton Grange, near Carlisle. The events featured skilful butchery demonstrations by Cranstons master butchers, who showcased their traditional knife work. Café Oswald’s hosted festive cookery demonstrations by Cranstons Café Oswald’s consultant and Michelin-starred chef Steven Doherty, and there were also a range of samplings by local producers. All ticket sales and raffle proceeds were donated to the Hospice.
In addition to the money raised through the Preview Evenings, Cranstons also donated 50p from every Christmas Pudding sold over the festive period, contributing an additional £528 to the total.
Managing Director Philip Cranston said, ‘We are always overwhelmed by the generosity of our customers and suppliers when it comes to raising funds for the hospice. The evenings in particular are always well-attended and have a great atmosphere. The hospice provides vital support to our community and we are honoured to be able to contribute to this.’
Julie Blundell, Fundraising and Marketing Manager for Hospice at Home said: "I would like to say a huge thank you to the Cranstons team and to all their kind suppliers and customers who helped raise these tremendous funds. Both festive fundraising events at Penrith and Orton Grange Food Halls were extremely well-attended and thoroughly enjoyed by all.
"A special thank you to all Cranstons customers who also purchased a Charity Christmas Pudding. The £4076 donation is an amazing and generous gift which will provide numerous hours of end of life nursing care to local patients who wish to be cared for at home and help support families and carers who are enduring difficult and devastating times.
"With a recent increase in referrals by patients these funds are especially important and very much appreciated - a sincere thank you to all who have helped make this possible!"