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. Those donations went into our Marmalade Fund. We then started our Bottle Return scheme. People bring their empty bottles to us at markets and shows, and to some of our stockists (see Stockists’ list for participants) and in return we refund a few pence for each bottle and add a few pence to our fund. Not only does this raise some money for causes, but also means our bottles get reused. The money from the Marmalade Fund is then donated.
Now, 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 continue our Bottle Return scheme and hope to grow it now we have our own shop front in The Old Calf Shed. For every small bottle and marmalade jar you return, we’ll refund you 10p and give 10p to charity. For every large bottle you return we’ll refund you 20p and give 20p to charity.
Announcing our Charity Partners for 2020.
This year we’re raising funds and awareness for two charities:
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.
Over the next few months we’ll be holding a couple of Gin Events at the Shed. We’ll also continue to raise money with the sale of our Gin Jelly Marmalade & Bottle Return Scheme.
For 2019, we raised awareness and funds for two charities: Gorlin Syndrome Group, a rare genetic disorder that affects us on a personal level, and Ulverston Mind a mental health charity. Thank you to everyone who bought a raffle ticket. We’re so pleased to be able to tell you that we’ve raised £2189.00. That’s £1094.50 for each charity!
There are 13 prizes. Make Your Own Distilled Gin Experience for 2, Afternoon G&Tea (with gin tastings), Make Your Own Bath Tub Gin Experience for 2, a Gin Tasting Session for 4, as well as bottles of gin, jars of gin marmalade, and books to win. The four main prizes will be redeemable for 1 year, to be enjoyed at our new shed in Ulverston. The other prizes can be collected or delivered.
To give some insight into Gorlin Syndrome and the aims of the group, we talked to Margaret Costello who established the Gorlin Syndrome Group with her husband Jim (now deceased, who had the condition) and Sally Webster, who has Gorlin Syndrome and is the Chair of the group. You can view these videos on YouTube via these links: GS Features, GS Aims and an in-depth GS Chat.
You can find out more about Ulverston Mind here, which includes a short video about their work.
In 2018 we donated a number of bottles of Gin, jars of Marmalade and boxes of Chocolates to various raffles.
We were also part of a very successful charity gin, food and music night fundraiser.
As for our first Mega-Gin Raffle, we raised £2,000 for the local Food Bank and St Mary’s Hospice.