Cocktail Gherkins

NSPCC’s Gherkin Challenge Sponsored By Bennett Opie

Bennett OpieFine food producer and distributor Bennett Opie Ltd has announced that they will be a main sponsor for the NSPCC’s Gherkin Challenge, which takes place on Sunday 6thSeptember 2015. One of Opies’ long-standing and most popular lines are Cocktail Gherkins, so it is therefore fitting that Bennett Opie support The Gherkin Challenge. The money raised from the challenge will help support the charity’s work protecting children and young people across the UK and preventing abuse.


Cocktail Gherkins


A team from Bennett Opie will also be limbering up to take part in the challenge, where participants climb 38 floors to the top of iconic London skyscraper, The Gherkin. It takes an average of 11 minutes to reach the top, during which time 26 children will have contacted the NSPCC’s ChildLine Service. Once at the top, runners can enjoy the panoramic views of the capital from the exclusive Searcy’s bar, whilst sipping on a well-deserved glass of bubbly, and if they wish, a cocktail gherkin!

Managing Director at Bennett Opie Limited, William Opie, said: “We are pleased to support the NSPCC and its fantastic Gherkin Challenge. It is so appropriate for us, given the association between the location of the event and one of our signature lines. As well as sponsoring the challenge, we have a team in training who will be competing against one another to see who reaches the top first, as well as who can raise the most money to help end child cruelty.”




NSPCC Head of Participation Events, Victoria Kellaway, said: “We’re delighted to have Bennett Opie on board as our sponsor for The Gherkin challenge – it’s a very fitting link to our much-loved challenge event at 30 St Mary Axe, which we all know as The Gherkin! We’re also thrilled that they will be entering a team to race to the top, helping to raise money to support our services like ChildLine, so that we can be there for more children and young people across the UK, whatever their worry, whenever they need help.”


Gherkin Man with Opies


Last year Opies sold almost 1.1million jars of gherkins, which if stacked end to end, would be 660 times higher than the Gherkin building.

To sponsor the team, visit . For further information or to register for The Gherkin Challenge as a team or individual, visit . Registrations will be open until 23:59 on Tuesday 1 September.

Student Grub Providing Free Food For Liverpool Students

More than 7,000 new Liverpool John Moores University and University of Liverpool students will receive a free food box as part of an initiative to show young people how to eat well on a budget.

In partnership with the Student Grub Company, locally-sourced fruit and vegetables will be provided along with herbs, pulses and dried goods to encourage students to cook healthy meals for themselves and their new flatmates.

Even novice cooks will be able to rustle up a really tasty dinner using just one knife, one board and one pan as recipe cards are also included in each food box. Dishes include ‘Cor Blimey Couscous’ with sautéed vegetables and herbs, ‘Mama Mia Risotto’ with leek, mushroom and tarragon, ‘Mighty Morrocan Chickpea and Butternut Squash Curry’ and ‘Ole Tomato and Bean Mexican Stew.’

Each weekly hamper box has enough food to last four or five days and normally costs £12 – equal to the price of one large takeaway pizza.

The recipes have been devised by Student Grub founder and passionate foodie, April Green, who was inspired to set up the company when her son was about to start university.

April explained: “Empowering students to cook for themselves will be the focal point of my business this year. I’ll be working in collaboration with residential assistants at both universities and the Liverpool Guild of Students’ Green Fund, delivering loads of fun Student Grub activities in halls during the academic year.”

Yvonne Turnbull, Head of LJMU’s Student Advice and Wellbeing team said: “The start of the student journey often begins in halls which is why we want to ensure that students are given every opportunity to make the best possible start. By providing access to a free and healthy meal we want to encourage students to think positively about healthy eating. The University is keen to encourage students to stay healthy throughout their time at LJMU. Students who eat well study more effectively and are more likely to obtain the academic results that they want.


Student Grub


“The aim of the initiative is also to ease the transition into life in halls. Moving into student accommodation is exciting but it can be quite daunting too. Not only are you leaving the security of home but you are moving into a flat full of strangers. What better way to help new students get to know each other than over a nutritious, delicious meal they’ve cooked together themselves.”

Dan Cole, Liverpool SU’s Vice President Community Engagement said: “At LiverpoolSU we’re keen to promote healthy eating and lifestyles and support the Student Advice and Wellbeing Student Grub initiative. It’s a fantastic opportunity to bring flatmates together and encourage them to cook as a flat, which is great not just from a health point of view, but also socially.”

Alex Ferguson, Vice President of Liverpool Guild of Students leading on sustainable issues, said: “It’s fantastic that we could work with halls’ wardens and use Green Guild funding to offer grub boxes to University of Liverpool students. Learning how to cook healthy food on a budget is hugely important to students moving to University for the first time – so being able to offer them fresh products is a great way to get them started. We provide students with lots of opportunities to eat healthily, one of which is our newly established food cooperative in our Guild shop, where students can buy vegetables and student prices.”

Accommodation providers involved in this project are Unite, Sanctuary Students, CLV, Liberty Living, Victoria Hall and Fresh Student Living, covering thirteen student halls.

The Student Grub Company uses Prescotts Farm in Ormskirk, a third generation fruit and veg farmers and wholesaler, to supply fresh local produce. Combined with its recycled and reusable boxes, this means that the company is supporting North West businesses and helping protect the planet too.

For more information on Student Grub, go to