Christmas pudding enterprise to help Lifeline address suicide emergency

ADAMSTOWN PUDDING KITCHEN/LIFELINE MEDIA RELEASE
​October 24, 2016

A new social enterprise partnership will continue to bring cheer to Christmas tables and provide urgently needed funding for the region’s suicide emergency.

Adamstown Pudding Kitchen is producing special Christmas puddings to be sold in Lifeline Hunter Central Coast’s retail stores. A third of the proceeds will go to fund local telephone crisis support and other suicide prevention services.

Adamstown Uniting Church Reverend, Rod Pattenden, said proceeds from pudding sales had always been used for the church’s support for local arts and social justice projects as well as overseas projects such as the provision of fresh water in Africa, school education in the Pacific and community development in East Timor. He said this new partnership gives the kitchen ready-made retail stores and supports the important work being done by Lifeline to help people in crisis and prevent suicide.

“Our puddings are the best tasting in the land and are lovingly cooked in the old fashioned way in a purpose built kitchen at the Adamstown Uniting Church,” Reverend Pattenden said.

“Our puddings taste great and do good,” he said.

Lifeline Hunter Central Coast CEO Gillian Summers said the partnership was a natural one with both organisations working for the community and largely supported by volunteers.

“We’re helping each other to help our community,” Ms Summers said.

The latest suicide statistics released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show 3027 Australians died from suicide in 2015, more than double the national road toll.

Ms Summers said there has been a 25 per cent increase in suicides between 2011 and 2015 and rates are at a 10 year high.

“The funds from the pudding sales will help us battle this national emergency at a local level.”

Adamstown Pudding Kitchen is calling for more volunteers to help it cope with Christmas demand. People interested in volunteering should call 4952 2724. It also sells its puddings online and from its shop behind the church. It will have stalls at every Newcastle Farmers Market until Christmas and occasional stalls at Charlestown Square. The social enterprise business was established in 1971 (45 years ago) and in addition to traditional Christmas puddings, now makes gourmet puddings, low fat puddings and gluten free puddings year round.

Lifeline Hunter Central Coast estimates it saves around 5,000 local lives a years through its telephone crisis and other suicide prevention services and training. It relies on community for more than 55 per cent of its funding. Lifeline retail stores are at Belmont, Hamilton North, Cardiff, Mayfield, Maitland, Raymond Terrace Toronto and Wallsend in the Hunter as well as Woy Woy, Wyoming and Wyong on the Central Coast.

Visit www.adamstownpuddingkitchen.org.au and www.lifelinehunter.org.au

Media info: Craig Eardley (Lifeline) on 0437477493. Linda Barnier (Adamstown Pudding Kitchen) on 0416089701.


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