Porkstock is hailed a pig-tastic success!

Nelson’s Journey is presented with cheque for £10,372 following foodie fundraiser.

Nelson’s Journey, the Norfolk charity that supports bereaved children and young people, was last night (22 September 2016) presented with a cheque for £10,372 by the team behind Porkstock.

Porkstock, which took place on 10 September at White House Farm, Sprowston, is a celebration of local food and drink.  The free daytime family festival  was attended by more than 2000 people of all ages.  They enjoyed a fantastic selection of local food and drink, music, games, kids activities and, of course, the food demo stage.  Celebrity Masterchef favourite, comedian and broadcaster Hardeep Singh-Kohli joined a talented line up of chefs, butchers and culinary experts on the Porkstock stage and kept the crowds entertained, despite a little bit of rain.

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 At 6pm, Porkstock changed from family fun day to an adults-only knees up with more than 1,000 people dancing the night away in front of the main stage and in the specially created electro-swing gin palace.

Created and managed by a small team of passionate local businesses people including Ben Handford of Naked Marketing, James and Tom Ellis of Norfolk Country Cottages, Sarah Daniels from Redcat Partnership - and made possible by a team of enthusiastic volunteers and local sponsors,  including Woodfordes Ale, Comms Supply, Naked Marketing and Plain Speaking PR – all profits from Porkstock 2016  have gone to Nelson’s Journey.

 “Raising over £10,000 for this local fabulous charity makes all the hard work seem worthwhile” says Ben Handford, one of the founders of Porkstock and a member of the steering group that brings the event to life. “No one who works on the event makes a penny; we all do it because we love local food, drink and music and want to bring a special event to the people of Norfolk whilst also raising money for amazing local causes.  We’ve already pledged to bring Porkstock back in 2017 and are hoping to encourage lots more volunteers to get involved so that we can make the event even better.”

Simon Wright, Chief Executive of Nelson’s Journey, said: “We are incredibly grateful for the support of Porkstock and all of the volunteers, customers and suppliers that made the event such a success. The money raised for Nelson’s Journey exceeded our highest expectations and will allow us to pay the salary of a bereavement support worker for a 6 month period. We are currently experiencing record numbers of referrals for our services, and so this funding comes at a crucial time. It will allow us to put smiles back on the faces of more bereaved children in Norfolk.  The event was a fantastic profile raiser for Nelson’s Journey, which means that even more families who’ve experienced death and who need some help will know that we are here to provide that support.”

By Ben Handford on 23.09.16