On Tuesday 16th January the Dalemain World’s Original Marmalade Awards were delighted to present key beneficiary Hospice at Home Carlisle and the North Lakeland with a cheque for £15042.37 raised in 2017. This makes the total amount raised for charity by the Awards in the past year well over £20,000 with over 48 other hospice charities in the UK receiving donations and further funds raised around the globe. The Awards have now raised over £225,000 for palliative care since their inception in 2005.

Dr Alison Miles, Chair of Hospice at Home said “Once again the marmalade festival has surpassed itself, it is an amazing event, reaching across the globe, and I know that this is dependant 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.”

Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland 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 mine clearance organisation.

Jane Hasell-McCosh, founder of the Awards says “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 exciting new competitions including the ‘Thursday Cottage Award for Innovation’ for those who are feeling especially creative, and the ‘Commonwealth Competition’, which is calling for jars from marmalade makers all over the Commonwealth.

The full homemade entry fee goes to charity and all of the entries will be displayed at the Marmalade Festival on 17th March at Dalemain and Penrith, which will be ‘Going Orange’ for the occasion. For more information visit www.marmaladeawards.com/homemade-marmalade-awards.