“HELP HOORAY’S – SAY THANK YOU – MAKE SOMEONE SMILE” is our crowd funding project which will be going live on Crowdfunder website this week on Friday 15th May, using the free crowd funder pay it forward scheme.

We thought it would be great to say THANK YOU to NHS and CARE HOME KEY WORKERS, the only way we know how; of course, that’s with ice cream ?
Having seen the smiles (from a distance) that a Hooray’s delivery brings to those who are currently isolating, we thought giving an ice cream would be a lovely way to say thank you to all the NHS and CARE HOME KEY WORKERS in the area and those who visit when the lock down is over.
This will give our supporters the opportunity to say THANK YOU to an NHS and CARE HOME KEY WORKER by treating them to a scoop of handmade gelato ice cream, and we’ll make it extra special with a topping of their choice.
We will keep a tally in store of all the donated scoops. To claim their scoop any NHS or CARE HOME KEY WORKER will be able to come in and show us their employment ID card and we’ll serve them a delicious scoop of their favourite flavour with a topping of their choice, and of course say a big THANK YOU to them for all their dedication and selflessness during the lockdown.
If we get enough scoops donated, we’ll arrange a visit to one of the local hospitals or care homes and give out scoops to all the employees from Hennie our vintage VW ice cream van.
Supporters will be able to donate a cone or tub of delicious Hooray’s ice cream for just £3.00 or a sharing tub for £10 .
We’ll also have other special rewards for those who support our crowd funding appeal.
Covid-19 forced us to close our doors on the 21st March. It couldn’t have come at a worse time. Nearly 80% of our sales happen over the spring and summer, which help us survive the winter months, consequently we were at the end of our savings and were all ready to launch in to another busy high season, which so far hasn’t happened. We still have rent and bills to pay and every day of missing our high season is making it more and more difficult to see how we’ll survive.
We had no choice but to put all 15 of our staff on to the government furlough scheme, knowing that our staff are being paid and can stay safe at home is a huge relief.
We’re not eligible for the small business grant from Government because our rateable value is more than the £51k cut off point.
As well as delivering groceries and family size tubs of ice cream and DIY Sundae Making Kits from the hastily established Hooray’s pantry, we have been trying to make a plan for the survival of our business.