Rolling out another foodie fundraiser
Published on Tuesday 18 October 2011The Christmas Food & Drink Festival always attracts hundreds of food and drink fans to our Northallerton store on the first Sunday of each November.
A celebration of quality producers and suppliers from the region and beyond, it has raised many thousands of pounds across more than 25 years for a wide range of good causes.
This year the chosen charity is Herriot Hospice Homecare, which provides care to patients with life-limiting illnesses in their own homes across Hambleton and Richmondshire.
The event, on Sunday, November 4 (10am-4pm), will be formally opened by Rosie Page, retired Thirsk GP and daughter of James Herriot author Alf Wight. Dr Page has worked with the charity for many years.
Entry is free, with donations to Herriot Hospice Homecare encouraged. A tombola and other fundraising efforts also help fill the charitable coffers.
"We’re delighted to have been chosen by Lewis & Cooper as their chosen charity this year," said Dr Page, who added that she and her late parents had been appreciative customers of the business for many years. "I look forward to seeing lots of people on the day, giving generously to Herriot Hospice Homecare, which is an excellent cause close to my heart."
Shoppers can get a head start on festive food, drink and gift ideas as well as meeting key producers and suppliers and tasting their wares.
Discounts on offer on the day include 10 per cent off wines from the award-winning drinks department (excludes spirits and existing offers), 10 per cent off brochure hampers and 15 per cent off purchases in the gift department upstairs, where the tearoom will also offer special dishes.
This year, in the Town Square outside the store, former town mayor Coun John Coulson will mount a display of vintage delivery handcarts and cycles from his extensive Wheels of Yesterday collection, which includes items dating back to 1890 – the decade in which Lewis & Cooper was founded.
The firm’s retail director, Bettina Bell, said: "Over the years this event has grown to be one of the most enjoyable dates in our calendar, with customers travelling from across the region to meet producers and get a head start on their Christmas shopping. We’re delighted to be supporting such a great cause as Herriot Hospice Homecare in its 20th year. I’m also looking forward to seeing some of Councillor Coulson’s fascinating collection."