[C]ranstons Foodhall at Orton Grange opened its doors to members of the public last Wednesday, 23rd November, for an evening of festivities to raise money for of Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland.
During the event, a total of £1,485 was raised through entry ticket sales, donations and raffle ticket sales.
Guests enjoyed an exclusive first look at Cranstons Christmas range as well as the opportunity to meet and chat with local suppliers Gretna Bakery, Kin Vodka, Farrer’s of Kendal, Handmade Ice Cream co and Traybakes, who offered samples and fun ways to use their products.
Orton Grange Gift Shop hosted Dalston Ladies Choir who greeted guests with Christmas Carols which produced a very fitting atmosphere for the relaxed event.
Orton Foodhall manager Peter Potts and butcher Joe demonstrated their butchery skills throughout the evening by breaking down a hind quarter. Managing Director Philip Cranston demonstrated to guests the best way to carve Turkey.
Michelin Star Chef Steven Doherty, showed Preview Night guests how to make simple yet tasty canapes as well as making the most of Christmas leftovers in a cookery masterclasses.
Orton Grange Food Hall, 4 miles West of Carlisle recently celebrated its 3rd birthday and was named UK food hall of the year back in November at the Butchers Shop of the Year Awards. The food hall offers north Cumbrian shoppers Cranstons renowned butchery and delicatessen produce along with a whole host of food and drink from over 30 Cumbrian suppliers.
Cranstons 2016 Hospice at Home fundraising continues with a second preview night on Thursday 1st December at the company’s flagship food hall in Penrith as well as, 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.
Peter Potts, Cranstons Foodhall at Orton Grange manager said: “This year’s preview night was a real festive celebration. We raised, with the help from our local suppliers and customers a great amount of money for Hospice at Home. The generosity of everyone who attended was amazing, and I’d like to thank those who joined us.”
Cath Coates, Marketing and Communications, Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland said: “Following the very successful Christmas Preview Evening at Orton Grange on Wednesday, we were absolutely delighted to hear the news that £1,485 had been raised. The event was superb and the Food Hall looked wonderful with all the Christmas decorations, festive treats and delicious food on display.
“We would like to thank Cranstons for their continued support, and also express our gratitude to Orton Grange Café and Gifts, David Allen for volunteering on the night and our Hospice at Home volunteers who sold raffle tickets throughout the day.
“This generous donation will enable our Clinical Team to provide vital care at a particularly difficult time, which will make a huge difference to the lives of local patients. This is particularly appreciated following a dramatic increase in referrals over the past two years and we sincerely thank all involved.”