Charity cash continues to roll infrom world marmalade festival

Date: Friday 19th January 2018

A MARMALADE festival held at Dalemain, near Penrith, has raised more than a quarter of a million pounds for palliative care since its inception in 2005.

This week, key beneficiary Hospice at Home Carlisle and the North Lakeland was presented with a cheque for £15,042.37 by representatives of the Dalemain World’s Original Marmalade Awards as a result of last year’s successful event.

It took the total amount raised for charity by the awards in the past year to well over £20,000, with more than 48 other hospice charities in the UK receiving donations and further funds raised around the globe. The awards have now raised more than £225,000 for palliative care since their inception 13 years ago.

Continuous support has been provided by Barclays Penrith, which commits to volunteer time and match funding.

Dr. Alison Miles, Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland chairman, said: “Once again the marmalade festival has surpassed itself. It is an amazing event, reaching across the globe, and I know that this is dependent on extremely hard work by Mrs. Jane Hasell-McCosh and her team at Dalemain.

“Hospice at Home are very grateful for such a large sum and greatly appreciate this generosity. This support will help provide specialised end-of-life care for local patients, families and carers.”

The charity will also receive a donation in the region of £2,000 from Fortnum & Mason for sales of the 2017 winning marmalade, which was a treacle recipe made by Shona Leckie in Angus. The other beneficiary of these sales, chosen by the winner, is the Halo Trust, the world’s largest humanitarian landmine clearance organisation.

Mrs. Hasell-McCosh, founder of the awards, said: “It is such a fantastic achievement to have raised such huge funds for palliative care in 2017 and it really is a tribute to our wonderful volunteers and supporters, who do so much to generate entries and excitement year upon year.

“The marmalade awards have always been about raising money for charity while doing something incredibly fun, and we hope to build on this with even more entries in 2018.”

The 2018 competition is now open and organisers are encouraging entrants to send their marmalade to Dalemain as soon as possible before the deadline of 9th February. There are a number of new competitions this year.

The full home-made marmalade entry fee goes to charity and all of the entries will be displayed at the festival on 17th March at Dalemain and Penrith, which will be “Going Orange” for the occasion.

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