We are delighted to announce that the Marmalade Awards have raised £23,282.30 for Hospice at Home Carlisle & North Lakeland, and upwards of £25,000 overall to palliative care worldwide in 2019. This takes the total raised by the competition to well over £250,000!

Since their inception in 2005 the Awards have raised money for the local hospice. The full entry fee goes to Hospice at Home, or to a palliative care charity of the entrant’s choice. We have been supported by many dedicated volunteers and supporters such as Barclays and the Penrith Lions. In this way, the Awards have been able to not only spread the love of marmalade around the world, with over 40 countries entering in 2019, but to raise vital funds for services in Cumbria and worldwide.

The impact of the Awards

Jane Hasell-McCosh, founder of the Awards, says: ‘I am so pleased that the Marmalade Awards have raised such a significant amount of money. Raising funds for Hospice care has always been one of the founding principles of the Awards. It is a tribute to the volunteers, who work so tirelessly, and to the thousands of people who send their jars every year that we are able to raise such incredible amounts. I do hope that 2020 will be even more successful!’

President of Hospice at Home, Elizabeth Leeming said: ‘It is now well known that the Dalemain Marmalade Awards have gone global! Their history is a good news story that raises spirits and fosters friendships, within the UK and beyond these shores.  Hospice at Home Carlisle & North Lakeland is honoured and humbled to be the main beneficiary of the 2019 and also the 2020 Awards.  The £23,282.30 raised in 2019 will directly benefit local families and their carers. It will provide a comprehensive, high quality palliative care service in the comfort and security of wherever the patient calls home.

Without the support of the local community, the work of Hospice at Home would not be possible.  The amount raised by the Marmalade Awards since their foundation in 2005 has made an enormous difference to the end of life service provided by Hospice at Home, and therefore to many local families at a time when their need of support is greatest.’

The 2020 Marmalade Awards

The 2020 Awards are now open! Competitors are encouraged to send their entries to Dalemain Mansion in Cumbria, on or before 7th February. This is the 15th year of the Marmalade Awards, and there is a special category to mark the occasion. There are also several old favourites such as ‘Merry Marmalade’, ‘Octogenarian’s Marmalade’ and ‘Gardener’s Marmalade’. Whether you are a first timer or a marmalade making connoisseur, the Awards are calling for you. Get your pans out and your jars filled to be in with a chance of winning!

The competition is sponsored by Fortnum & Mason, and the winner will have the chance to see their marmalade commercially produced and sold in their famous Piccadilly store. In 2019 there were approximately 3000 entries, and already the Awards have had enquiries from Mexico, Spain, Japan, the USA, Senegal and Wales! With a special ‘Thursday Cottage Commonwealth Competition’ this year’s winner could hail from anywhere in the world. Only time will tell who will seize the coveted ‘Best in Show’ Award.

The 2020 Marmalade Awards & Festival will take place at Dalemain on 14th & 15th March, and will be a celebration of citrus and marmalade across all cultures. There will be marmalade displays, tastings, cookery demonstrations, workshops, activities and much more.

For more information about the World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival, visit: https://www.dalemain.com/marmalade-awards/