FishMishBash raised a magnificent sum, in excess of £4,500!
On 4th April Mullion Cove Hotel and Head Chef Fiona Were hosted the first #fishmishbash and raised a magnificent sum, in excess of £4,500 for the Fishermen’s Mission. The event was fully booked with over 70 guests and was the first time the hotel had hosted an event of this kind. BBC Radio Cornwall’s Daphne Skinnard hosted the evening and, along with Ian Murray, a former fisherman of over 30 years and Fishermen’s Misson Port Officer for South East Cornwall, cajoled guests into bidding for auction lots that included the unique opportunity for Fiona to chef for a private dinner party, which attracted a bid of over £400. The menu included local crab, a selection of sushi, pollock with foraged shoreline greens, and sour plum and rhubarb sorbet. Cadgwith Singers provided shanty singing and a rousing rendition of Trelawney.
The Fishermen’s Mission is a charity that helps fishermen and their families in troubled times. Fundraising Manager, Gina Moore, was overjoyed with the news of the money raised at the Fishmishbash, She said, “Since the storms occurred we have helped 109 fishermen in Cornwall and paid out £49,000 in welfare payments. We were astonished and delighted at the generosity of the guests at the Mullion Cove Hotel and all those who donated items for the auction and would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone involved.” Many other local businesses contributed to raffle prizes, including Origin coffee, Mullion’s Mounts Bay Inn, and Amanzi restaurant and Espressini coffee house in Falmouth. Cornwall Food & Drink also supported the evening and took the opportunity to present their own cheque for £1,860 to the Fishermen’s Mission, raised by sales of the successful Great Cornish Food Book. Director Ruth Huxley explained, “£1 from the sale of each book is shared by the Mission and the RABI, because we firmly believe that without our farmers and fishermen we wouldn’t have any great Cornish food. When we heard of the current plight of Cornwall’s fishermen we thought it was a good time to hand over all the money raised to date for the Mission, but the book will continue to raise money throughout the year.” The Fishmishbash concept will continue to raise money too. Fiona is joining forces with Rupert Ellis of Espressini, to bring a sushi ‘pop-up’ to the café on 18th July. Call 01326 311633 to book.