Marmalade making, especially handmade marmalade making, has proved to be an opportunity to raise funds for charity while displaying some creative recipe ideas.

The 2020 World’s Original Marmalade Awards at Dalemain received over 3000 entries from 43 countries raising more than £20,000 for Hospice at Home Carlisle & North Lakeland.  The 2019 winner, Beth Furnell, whose recipe was replicated by Thursday Cottage, raised £3,600 for the Hospice through sales of her marmalade at Fortnum & Mason.  This year’s winner, Jonathan Hamel Cooke’s Dark & Chunky Marmalade, also replicated by Thursday Cottage, is selling well despite the current restrictions and is available from Dalemain and Fortnum & Mason websites.

Marmalade makers from across the world entered this year’s competition including an entry for the first time from Senegal, thanks to the founding of a series of woman’s co-operatives who are making produce using local citrus fruits. Thursday Cottage were proud to sponsor the Thursday Cottage Commonwealth Marmalade Award category.

The display and celebration of all the entries usually takes place at Dalemain near Penrith during the annual Marmalade Festival in March, unfortunately it was cancelled but Jane Hassell McCosh, the founder of the event, has said that she hopes that the 2020 winners will join the celebrations in 2021.