Many grocery retailers reading this will be aware of the Auntie Val’s range of marmalades, jams and chutneys. They are made without artificial preservatives, flavours or colours and no E’s, all lovingly created in small open pan batches using traditional methods handed down through the generations, with only the finest ingredients, many locally produced, to ensure that ‘home made’ taste and texture.

What’s unusual about Auntie Val’s products is that they are made by a dedicated team of disabled people. Auntie Val’s aim is to turn ‘disabled’ into ‘able’ and get people with disabilities into work either at Auntie Val’s or within the wider business community, by offering work experience and training.

This year the company needs to obtain some extra equipment and finance in order to double production which in turn more than doubles the people they can give training and employment.

2017 sees Auntie Val’s needing bigger premises. They need to raise £50,000 to have a new larger centre so that they can increase the production they are able to offer as well as sufficient room for further increase in training capacity to help meet demand for both training and product.

This exciting new project will also be a benefit for the community. Within the new centre will be a café which will serve meals for under £5 to the elderly and teach trainees how to cook meals on a budget.

If you can help to raise this money please contact Andy Challis at Auntie Val’s on 01903 746748 or email


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