A Berry Good Night

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Thursday evening saw the staff and customers of Castleton Farm Shop & Café having ‘A Berry Good Night’ to fundraise for Montrose based charity Bare All for Brain Tumours.

Manageress Anna Mitchell and her team hosted a complimentary evening showcasing delicious berry inspired cocktails and canapés.

Anna said: “The kitchen team have thoroughly enjoyed designing cocktail and canapés that demonstrate what Castleton do best, beautiful soft fruits married with delicious high quality foods.”

The staff felt passionate about supporting Bare All For Brain Tumours (an umbrella group under Brain Tumour UK) after one of their colleagues Gayna Sandeman tragically lost her sister Michelle to an undiagnosed brain tumour last November.

Carolyn Pierpont the founder of Bare All For Brain Tumours (BAFBT) was on hand throughout the evening to advise how funds raised are spent locally to increase awareness and quality of life for those suffering from the condition. Carolyn was an Olympic torch bearer carrying the torch through Forfar and she brought the torch to the event so that those present could have their photo taken with it for a donation to BAFBT.

The staff team treated the unsuspecting folks present to a flash mob. They, seemingly spontaneously, burst into dance, gyrating to some wonderful upbeat snippets of songs to communicate their wish for positivity to come from tragedy, ending with ‘Don’t stop believing’ the Glee version! Those present cheered throughout and were most amused when as the music ended the team continued about their work like nothing had happened.

Carolyn said: “it’s been a fantastic evening and I am so thrilled that Castleton chose to support Bare All For Brain Tumours.”

Carolyn’s partner Mark Toshney was diagnosed with a Brain Tumour in 2009 and Carolyn has since set about raising funds and awareness of the condition. “It is a very under funded and under reported disease and with my partners diagnosis I felt I had to do what I could to change those two facts. Our first fundraiser was to gather some ladies who had been directly affected and pose tastefully naked for a calendar. We are about to do our third calendar and are delighted at how the public have taken the calendars to their hearts.”

Anna said: “we are delighted to have supported this worthwhile charity and raised £350 on the night. That total continues to rise as the staff team who worked that evening are all generously donating their wages from the event. We are very grateful for the continued support and loyalty from our customers.”