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 once we have our own shop front in the new, bigger Shed.
For 2019, we are raising 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.