Brown Sugar charity bash for The Swallows Group raises £8,025

One of the Lake District’s newest restaurants held a successful charity function on Friday night to raise more than £8,000 for The Swallows Head & Neck Cancer Support Group.  The event was organised by the Smith family, in recognition of Craig Smith, who died from Squamous Cell Carcinoma in October 2018.  Proceeds go directly to The Swallows Head & Neck Cancer Support Group, in addition to funding research into less intrusive forms of treatment.

Ian Dutton, owner of Brown Sugar restaurant and bar in the heart of Windermere, together with his family, Annette, Jack, Harry and Dolores, offered use of the venue for the black-tie event which saw more than 100 people descend upon the three-floored establishment for a night of great food, entertainment by way of a Rod Stewart tribute act, and a charity raffle.  Guests were treated to prosecco on arrival before feasting on de-constructed prawn cocktail, beef wellington and trio of apple dessert.  Hire of the venue, all food and entertainment were provided by Ian, for free.

Local businesses and individuals were praised for ‘digging deep’ with raffle and auction prizes donated by a number of Lake District-based organisations.  Craig Smith’s daughter, Isabella, who is 14, also made a cake which sold for a staggering £700.00.

“We were thrilled to support a local family and a worthy cause and are delighted that such generosity was demonstrated for a worthwhile organisation.  I’m very proud of Michael, Florin and my team for producing such a smooth event,” said Ian.

“Friday certainly was a night to remember; a tremendous success, assisted by the amazing generosity of the Dutton Family,” said Carolyn Smith.  “It was a night for local people, as well as family and friends, to remember Craig who was much-loved.  On behalf of my family, I should like to thank everyone who was involved and for their generosity.”