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Fundraising Update – December 2023

As we approach the end of the year, we’d like to bring you some news from the Growing Well fundraising team and to extend our thanks to a number of organisations who have supported our work.

Growing Singers are a local singing group who have fundraised for us regularly at various events over the last few years and, in 2023 alone, have raised over £1,200 for Growing Well.

Growing Singing is run by Clare Elleray Mee and Rachael Wadey, and aims to encourage and enable a growing number of people around Kendal and South Lakeland to enjoy the benefits of a blooming good sing!  They actively encourage people to join in with any local singing opportunity, not just those they run ourselves.

Pictured above is Growing Singers’ Clare Elleray Mee with Sinead McCann from Growing Well.

We were extremely grateful to the Fat Face Foundation who awarded us £4,200 as a grant to provide catering equipment and consumables for our Low Sizergh site. They awarded us this money as the work of Growing Well aligns with two of their three funding priorities, namely ‘Life in the Community’ and ‘Life on the Land’

The money will be used to support the provision of lunch for our beneficiaries by purchasing staple food items such as rice, pasta, herbs and spices, tinned goods etc to supplement the produce from our own fields. It will also allow us to replace any broken or additional kitchen equipment.

Pictured below is Chris, the store manager for Fat Face Kendal, and Sinead McCann, manager at our Kendal site.

We were also delighted to be one of the local organisations to receive funding from Lake District Estates‘ newly-launched initiative to help communities and charities.

Along with Cumbria Community Foundation’s Winter Warmth Fund and Manna House in Kendal, Growing Well were among those to benefit from the latest round of funding and received £2,000.

Pictured below are Lake District Estates’ Head of Marketing and Business Development, Rachel Bell, and Rebecca Batstone and Sinead McCann from Growing Well.