Community is at the heart of what we do and we want to invest in it for future generations. We look to work with organisations that are geographically local to us and our colleagues’ communities. We aim to focus our efforts on supporting young people, with an emphasis on food and enterprise.
Every five years we choose a long-term charity partner. Last year we began a partnership with the Soil Association to fund four local primary schools taking part in the Food for Life School Award programme and we have been supporting Orton Primary School, Kirkby Stephen Primary School, Crosby Ravensworth Primary School and Beaconside Primary School. The project links to the curriculum and encourages a better understanding of growing, cooking and learning to love good food, helping to make a positive ongoing contribution to the children’s health and wellbeing.
The schools have already taken part in lot of interesting projects and this March, pupils from Tebay and Crosby Ravensworth Primary will be taking part in ‘Chef on a Farm’ organised by LEAF Education. They will visit Growing Well, a mental health charity organic farm supplying Tebay Services with delicious salad leaves, to learn about how produce is grown then prepare lunch with Chef James Holden from the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts.
The programme is funded by a combination of Cumbria Community Foundation and the generous donations made by our customers in our till collection boxes. This project would not be possible without the generosity of you, our customers and the hard work of our colleagues.
Thank you for your ongoing support!
Photo: Growing Well Farm