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628 Pints Later....


628 Pints Later....


Back in September 2018 we sat around a table with tea and cake (of course!) and started a list of charities we could look to support in 2019. Our only brief at the time was for it to be Yorkshire based, so we could see any fundraising going directly back into the community around us. We very quickly concluded that there were too many deserving charities out there for us to choose alone so we asked our 3,000 plus followers on Facebook to help!

Within a couple of weeks, we were overwhelmed by the support, as over 1,000 followers and generous people of Yorkshire got in touch to let us know all about their favourite charity.

Taking into account the huge number of nominations we drew up a short list. This was one of the most challenging tasks we had faced, as all were amazing charities that would benefit greatly from the support. We narrowed it down to a shortlist of just three.

As our Facebook followers had been all so involved on the journey so far, we wanted to open up the shortlist to them and, giving them chance to vote for their favourite of the three. Nice2bNice, Ryedale Special Families and SASH were all contenders. All locally based charities, all very much deserving.

The votes were counted, and the winner was announced! It was a close call and Nice2bNice were our winners. Both us and the charity were delighted, and we quickly set up a meeting to find out more about what they do and how we could help support them over the year.

Our first job was to find the right product for a Limited Edition to donate funds directly to the charity for each bottle sold. This worked so well for our charity in 2017/18 for Our B.O.Y.S. Fund with the sale of our Lime Oil, we were keen to find a new product to do this again. Jason, our whizz in New Product Development, had been developing a Blue Cheese Dressing and with the help of our team and our Taste Team a recipe was finalised. The final recipe included Shepherds Purse Artisan Cheeses’ award-winning Yorkshire Blue Cheese. We decided that this should be the one, and boy it’s good – you must give it a try!

We officially launched the dressing at the Great Yorkshire Show with a huge Facebook competition to win a money can’t buy prize. Our winner would be welcomed on a private tour for four around Shepherds Purse, and here at Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil, with a lunch for the lucky and well- travelled four in the private dining rooms at Dom’s Kitchen in Malton. We’ll keep you posted on how their day goes!

Whilst all this was going on there was the small matter of organising a Beer Festival, our second route for fundraising. The date had been set for Saturday 27 July. Time was tight but once the date had been set our first task was to get some sponsors on board, or the event couldn’t happen! We got in touch with local Yorkshire businesses and were absolutely overwhelmed by the response to get involved. Seventeen businesses were on board so now it was real!

The band were organised - it had to be The Crazy Horses! An amazing three piece, of whom, the drummer Richard, is part of our Sales team. Adam was charged with the beer list, and Jennie took on board the gin bar list, and Angie & Paul took care of the food. We believe in playing to team strengths! The magnificent 25ft oak bar used for many an occasion here was back in action with pumps for 13 Yorkshire beers and cider. Fully decorated with farm foraged foliage it was the centrepiece for the open-sided barn to host the event!

The whole team got on board with the preparations, from sourcing the food and drink, making salads on a momentous scale, serving food and drink on the night, decorating the barn, the list goes on! It was hard work, with the weather running up to the event bringing some of the hottest days on record for July, but in typical British fashion the forecast was rain, rain and more rain for the event! But that didn’t hamper the night!

And what a night it was! The band played, the people danced, sang, drank and ate, but most importantly put their hands in their pockets and fully supported the event and the charity! For that we are truly grateful! Dates for the next beer festival were even being discussed before the night had ended!

We had a figure in mind that we wanted to raise, and kept our fingers crossed. After all we’d never done anything like this before. We did the count up and were totally blown away by how generous everyone had been! We raised a staggering £2,340 for Nice 2b Nice and we can’t wait to handover the funds to help more children and families and put some smiles on their faces!

Here’s to the next beer festival, but in the meantime, we’ve got a new team challenge before the end of the year. Watch this space!


Thanks to the following (and too many others to mention!)

Glass sponsorship - Peacock & Binnington
Beer sponsorship – Wold Top Brewery, Penelope Payroll, GWE Biogas, Peter Rhodes Feed Services, W. Dykes Electrical, Puckett’s Pickles, Smithy Briggs, Six Valley Lamb, Wolds Land Rover Repairs, J. Stringer & Sons
Gin sponsorship – Robert E Fuller, Scothern Construction, Yorkshire Food Finder
Tables – Malton Marquees
Benches – Wold Top Brewery
Toilets – The Convenience Company