The Big Chocolate Festival Cheque Is Presented To Local Charities

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Professor Bob Elwood, QUB, Chairman Sloane 350, is delighted to announce that the recent Chocolate and Fine Food Festival held at Killyleagh Castle raised the amazing amount of £35,000 for charity.

On Saturday evening at a retirement dinner held in the Dufferin Arms in his honour, he thanked local sponsors Denis and Christine Lynn of Finnebrogue Meats, Down District Council, NITB and everyone who played a part in making the festival such a success, with their invaluable support.

[caption id="attachment_54088" align="aligncenter" width="540"]the 2014 Chocolate and Fine Food Festival Organising Committee left to right Brian Crawford, Meave Davison, Shonagh Dagher, Prof Bob Elwood, Julie Chambers, Nigel Stronge, Karen Douglas, Sheenagh Crawford, Ann Fee, Colin Campbell and Liz Rea.  the 2014 Chocolate and Fine Food Festival Organising Committee left to right Brian Crawford, Meave Davison, Shonagh Dagher, Prof Bob Elwood, Julie Chambers, Nigel Stronge, Karen Douglas, Sheenagh Crawford, Ann Fee,
Colin Campbell and Liz Rea.[/caption]

With special thanks to the local Army Cadet Force whose invaluable assistance proved to be an integral part of the festival. Two cancer charities will benefit from the proceeds of the event, the Cancer Fund for Children and Tickled Pink. The Cancer Fund for Children is the main beneficiary and Gillian Creevy, Cancer Fund for Children CEO, was presented with a £25,000 cheque to assist the charity with their work at Daisy Lodge the charity’s short break therapeutic centre in Newcastle, County Down.

Sloane 350 was formed in 2010 to organise events in Killyleagh to raise the profile of Sir Hans Sloane, founder of the British Museum and inventor of milk chocolate on the 350th anniversary of his birth in his birthplace in KIllyleagh. The next event will be the annual Hans Sloane Lecture entitled Cuckoos, Cuckolds and Cuckoldery which will take place on the 355th anniversary of Sir Hans’ birth Thursday 16 April 2015 with special guest speaker Prof Bob Elwood, QUB.

[caption id="attachment_54090" align="aligncenter" width="540"]Maeve Davison Festival Co-ordinator, Christine and Denis Lynn, Finnebrogue our main chocolate festival sponsor, Prof Bob Elwood, QUB & Sloane 350 Chairman, Nigel Stronge, Sloane 350 Treasurer, Gillian Creevy, CEO, Cancer Fund for Children, local historian Clive Scoular otherwise known as Hans Sloane and Colin Campbell, Army Cadet Force. Maeve Davison Festival Co-ordinator, Christine and Denis Lynn, Finnebrogue our main chocolate festival sponsor, Prof Bob Elwood, QUB & Sloane 350 Chairman, Nigel Stronge, Sloane 350 Treasurer, Gillian Creevy, CEO, Cancer Fund for Children, local historian Clive Scoular aka Hans Sloane and Colin Campbell, Army Cadet Force.[/caption]    Link To Photos Of the Chocolate Ball and Festival in Down News. Check out the You Tube Video.    ]]>