Trying to make a difference, one citrus fruit at a time!
At the beginning of Shed 1, we realised we were going to have a lot of spare citrus fruit as we use fresh zest in our gins. So, Zoe started making Gin Jelly Marmalade and we would ask for donations. We realised this would be a great way to raise money for charity, and so those donations went into our Marmalade Fund. We then started our Bottle Return scheme. People returned their empty bottles to us, and in return we added a few pence to our fund. Not only is this a fab way to raise money for charity, but also means our bottles get reused – a tick for the environment. The money from the Marmalade Fund is then donated to charities each year. Now, due to it’s great success, we sell our Marmalade as one of Shed 1’s official products and we put £2 from each jar we sell into the Marmalade Fund. We have continued our Bottle Return scheme and for every small bottle and full sized marmalade jar you return, we’ll give 10p to charity. For every large bottle, we donate 20p to charity. Continuing our vision to find a practical way to raise money for charity, part of each sale from our Face Masks and Sanitiser are also added to the fund.
Our Charity Partners since 2020 have been Furness Homeless Support Group & Cumbria Action for Sustainability
Furness Homeless Support Group was launched as a Christmas Shelter in 1989. Nowadays, they offer supported accommodation to single homeless people. Their current facilities include 9 single rooms of supported accommodation, a newly re-furbished 1 bed ground floor flat, a day centre (open Monday-Friday for drop in and midday meals), a Charity Shop and they continue to run their Christmas Shelter.
Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) is an award winning charity which has been tackling climate change for 20 years. Their vision is a zero carbon Cumbria, one in which we all have a better way of life in balance with our environment. They help communities across Cumbria to live and work more sustainably – to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in ways which also improve people’s quality of life. In addition, they help Cumbrians cope with the devastating impacts of increased rainfall and flooding caused by climate change and which disproportionately affects the most vulnerable. They do all this by sharing their practical experience, knowledge and skills, and creating, supporting and influencing networks.