Yorkshire-based ice cream manufacturer Froneri has celebrated National Ice Cream Day by making almost 1,500 delicious donations to its three charity partners!
National Ice Cream Day just happened to fall on one of the hottest days of the year, so it was perfect timing for Mike Fraine, Froneri’s Head of UK, to visit Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice to hand out stacks of refreshing Cadbury and Nestlé ice cream to the volunteers who were busy sprucing up the gardens of Russell House, Huddersfield.
Louise Addison, corporate fundraiser at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, said: “The hospice gardens have been a little neglected during lockdown, so we have been asking our corporate partners and community volunteers to help bring them back to life in time for the summer holidays. Sunday was a sweltering day, so everyone was very thankful to Mike for showing up when he did!”
Mike said: “It was an honour to visit Russell House and see the incredible work that the charity does; it is clear how valued its volunteers are and we are so proud to be one of their corporate partners. Sunday was a hot, hot day, and fittingly it was also National Ice Cream Day, so it felt only right to deliver some of our tasty ice cream for volunteers and families to enjoy.”
Froneri also provided Herriot Hospice Homecare and Saint Michael’s Hospice with ice creams and vouchers to purchase tasty treats at a later date so that patients, clients, visitors and their team, who are based in varying locations across their 1,500 mile geography, can benefit.
Tony Collins, chief executive of Herriot Hospice Homecare and Saint Michael’s Hospice, said: “At the heart of the compassionate care we offer is a commitment to help people living with terminal illness and bereavement to enjoy life to the full.
“Froneri’s kind donation of ice cream will help us achieve this, as sweet treats can bring comfort, boost energy, enhance mood, and offer a soothing option if a patient is finding it difficult to eat or drink at the end of their life. Small gestures can make a big difference and sharing Froneri’s ice cream will bring a smile to the faces of many of our patients and their families.”
Froneri is also raffling off a year’s supply of ice cream to raise funds for The Avalon Group and James Plummer and Lisa Deas, who work for the charity, took on The Three Peaks Challenge this National Ice Cream Day with the ambition to raise £1,000.
James, who is the charities business development manager, said: “I’ve completed the challenge every year for the past four years and so it’s become a bit of a tradition.
“We use money from fundraising events predominantly to set up or maintain meaningful projects in the community. For example, our Northallerton Golden Days service, which takes place twice a week and provides a full day of activities and healthy meals for older isolated people. We know that there is a real need, now more than ever, for projects such as this, and so we aim to meet local needs across all the areas in which we operate.”
Froneri is supporting Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, Herriot Hospice Homecare, Saint Michael’s Hospice and The Avalon Group as part of its Froneri ICE (Inspiring Community Engagement) initiative, its three-year long programme of activity that will inspire Froneri employees to support their local community and in particular, these three Yorkshire charities.