Hospitals’ ice cream anniversary


A Cornish ice cream producer is celebrating 25 years of supplying the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT).

Back in 1999, a dedicated catering professional spearheaded a project to supply a tub of Callestick Farm’s Clotted Cream Vanilla ice cream to patients at RCHT. The tub was developed especially for the contract and was soon enjoyed in all three Cornish hospitals. Since then, Callestick has supplied 1.3 million tubs of ice cream.

“Being able to bring some joy to patients with our little tubs has been something we have been proud to continue with the hospitals for 25 years and hopefully for many more years to come,” explained Callestick MD Sebastian Parker.

Senior facilities manager, Helen Tyler, added: “Our partnership with Callestick Farm is one we really value. At RCHT, we have an ethos around promoting local business. Over 50% of the suppliers we use at RCHT are local to Cornwall. From a sustainability point of view, local procurement is a must, so we do invest as much as we can locally.

“When new packaging rules were brought in as part of the national NHS Net Zero plan, we switched from using polystyrene packaging, which is no longer suitable for use. To ensure that our valued partnership could continue, Callestick Farm and their marketing team worked with us at RCHT to redesign all packaging for our hospitals so that we could continue to provide Callestick Farm ice cream to our patients.”

To celebrate the past 25 years of supply, Callestick Farm is working closely with the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity to help raise funds for the work they do in supporting patients and families through treatment.

Ten pence from every scoop of Clotted Cream Vanilla ice cream served this summer from the Callestick Ice Cream Parlour, located just outside of Truro, will be donated directly to the charity.