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Freshtime Swaps Chicory for Charity

Freshtime Futures Trust, a new local charitable trust, will be hosting a Fire and Ice charity gala to raise awareness and help boost funds.

The event will take place on Saturday 24th September 2016 at Springfields Event Centre in Spalding, Lincolnshire and promises to be a night to remember.


The trust aims to help young people aged 11 to 25 from across the county to fulfil their dreams with financial support and is the brainchild of leading Lincolnshire food producer Freshtime UK.

Mark Newton, Managing Director of Freshtime and Trustee of the Freshtime Futures Trust, said: “We’ve supported a charity of the year for the last few years, championing some inspirational good causes.

“Now we plan on widening our charity work, especially to the younger members of our community. The trust will make funding available to help young people access specialist training or apprenticeship schemes or to support additional academic pursuits.”

Around 500 gala dinner guests can look forward to a cocktail on arrival, including the ‘Lady Killer’, which was voted for by Freshtime’s Facebook fans in an online poll, and will be entertained by fire-eaters and magicians before tucking in to a three-course dinner.

During the evening BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Melvyn Prior will introduce a range of acts and will showcase some of the lots up for grabs in the live text auction.


Items including the chance to be a mascot at Boston United, a training session with Commonwealth gold medallist Callum Johnson and a three-day charter on a luxury yacht will be among the lots on the evening.

Funds raised during the auction will be added to the £15,000 which Freshtime raised during its successful supplier and golf days in July.

The main stage entertainment comes in the form of Spark Fire Dance, The Supreme Fabulettes and Ian Parker (from the Hollies) and his Band.

Mark added: “I can’t wait to welcome all of our guests to the gala. It’s going to be a wonderful evening and an opportunity to hear more about the aims of the trust and raise some money.

“It will also provide us with a chance to encourage our guests to tell their friends and family about the charity to help encourage local people to submit an application. I’m eager to get started and help the young people of Lincolnshire achieve their dreams.”

The trust is supported by trustees from a variety of backgrounds with wide ranging experience. These include: Air Commodore Chris Luck; Peter McDermott, Managing Director of Pumpkin; Graham Shooter, Director of A.E. Lenton Group and Chief Constable Neil Rhodes of Lincolnshire Police. They are joined by fellow Trustees from Freshtime UK including Mark Swanwick (Freshtime Chairman), Mark Newton (Managing Director) and John Stokes (Head of Procurement).

Further details about the Freshtime Futures Trust Fire and Ice Gala Dinner can be found on the Freshtime Futures Trust Facebook and Twitter pages.

A dedicated Freshtime Futures Trust website will be launched in the coming weeks, which will provide details for those interested in seeking funding and those wishing to make a donation to the trust. Keep an eye out on social media for the official launch.