Ice cream given out on the streets of Canterbury
Shoppers in Canterbury enjoyed real Kentish dairy ice cream courtesy of Solley’s Farms in exchange for donations to Pilgrims Hospices.
The dairy experts, from Ripple, near Deal, handed out the delicious tubs of ice cream from their original 1971 Morrisons van parked at the Whitefriars shopping centre and raised nearly £200.
Stephen Solley, managing director of Solley’s Farms, said: “The ice cream flew out of our hands. People were really enjoying it, and more importantly, making generous contributions to Pilgrims Hospices.”
The charity must raise £10.5 million each year to offer services free of charge to patients and families across east Kent.
Deborah Kellond, regional fundraising manager at Pilgrims Hospices, said: “It was a very chilly day at the end of May, but we still had wonderful support from the shoppers of Canterbury. We’re very grateful for the contribution to our fundraising efforts, and to Solley’s for all their help.”
Based in Ripple, near Deal, Solley’s Farms is one of the largest independent ice cream makers in the South East and has been producing real Kentish dairy ice cream for almost 30 years. It recently began supplying Australian airline Qantas.
Stephen Solley said: “Our ice cream is the result of generations of dairy production experience and we source 85 per cent of our base products from Kent and all of our milk from a Jersey herd on a neighbouring farm.”