St Michael’s Hospice has received a cheque from the growers of Bulmers apples, who have raised £25,000 for the charity since the start of the 2009 harvest.
For each tonne of their apples delivered to the new cider mill in Ledbury, the growers have donated 50p to St Michael’s Hospice, which has also been matched by Bulmers, the National Association of Cider Makers reports.
Rod Lees, head of orcharding for Bulmers, told the association that it and its growers had exceeded the total it raised for St Michael’s Hospice in 2004.
“To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the St Michael’s Hospice, we felt it would be highly appropriate to top the funds up even further, to a nice round £25,000,” he added.
Earlier this month, Thatchers launched a red, berry-flavoured cider called Ciderberry.
The 5.4 per cent ABV fruity beverage is infused with natural berry juices from blackcurrants, raspberries and blueberries.