Businesswoman’s gift to village which has supported her “through everything”
- Credit: Nick Butcher
Mandy Harrison has endured more than her fair share of heartache losing both her husband and part of her business to a fire in the space of 12 months.
But since husband Paul passed away from a brain tumour in 2011 the plucky businesswoman from Geldeston has courageously battled on with the unfaltering support of fellow villagers.
Her shop at Dunburgh Farm is going from strength to strength and this month Mandy's Pickles will debut a unique new marmalade which is possibly the most personal to date.
Mrs Harrison has created The Geldeston Village Hall marmalade with all proceeds going to the building's refurbishment as a way of thanking the community for all they have done for her.
She said: 'The village hall and the village have been so important to me, and my husband. We had our vow renewal at the hall the year that Paul was poorly. It's such a community place and the village has supported me through everything. I felt it was time to give something back,'
The Geldeston Village Hall marmalade is a three-tier marmalade, using some of the best skills Mrs Harrison has learnt along the way.
At the bottom and top there is a layer of dark chunky orange and in the middle a mix of lime, lemon, grapefruit and orange.
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She is also developing a range of products named Spice for Life, for people undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy who have had their taste buds affected.
'When my husband was going through chemotherapy and radiotherapy one of the things he looked forward to was his food but things tasted so bland, so I want to produce something that has extra spice and taste incorporating all the health elements to give the feel good factor,' she said.
'I think Paul would be extremely proud and completely behind me. I just felt the time was right to do something for the village who supported us both.'
Mrs Harrison's marmalade will be officially launched on the village green at Geldeston Village Fete, which will be held from 2pm on Saturday, July 23, when there will be a photography competition, plate smashing and grab a duck, as well as cream teas, hot food and a raffle.