Sheldon's Dairy

Customers of Sheldon's Dairy are the cream of fundraisers with their loyal support for East Cheshire Hospice.

The charity has received an impressive £33,575.50 in donations as its share of a lottery run by the family dairy firm over the last 12 years.

The dairy was set up in Knutsford more than half a century ago by milk man David Sheldon who spotted the potential to expand far beyond his single round.    

D & PM Sheldon is now run by sons Chris and John Sheldon and son-in-law Steve Edwards and these days delivers much more than just milk bottles to its 5,500 customers across Cheshire.

Newspapers and magazines, pet food, meat, fruit and veg, bedding plants and household goods are among items delivered door-to-door on a daily basis.

The Hospice is the main beneficiary of its customer lottery, which has a weekly jackpot of £250 and several £50 prizes. Tickets are 50p. 

Chris Sheldon, co-owner of D & PM Sheldon said: "We'd like to thank all our customers for their long-standing support of our popular lottery.

"All proceeds go to good causes in Cheshire, including East Cheshire Hospice which does such wonderful work for the community, caring for people at a time in their lives when they perhaps need it most."

Camilla Crockett, Hospice Corporate and Community Relationship Manager, said: "We're so grateful for the support of Sheldon’s Dairy and its customers. We receive less than 17 per cent of our funding from the NHS and rely on the generous support of our community for the rest.

"We have to raise £7,500 every day to provide essential support and care for local adults with life- limiting illnesses, so the funding we've received from Sheldon’s is massively important."