Marmalade maker enjoys the sweet taste of giving

Stephen Rotherham
Stephen Rotherham

A man who raises money for charity by selling homemade Seville orange marmalade has said he is aiming to raise more than £400 this year.

Stephen Rotherham, 69, from Aylesbury has donated more than £1,000 to worthy causes over the past five years.

This year he is seeking to raise funds for PACE, a charity that helps children with physical disabilities.

Mr Rotherham said: “I have always liked marmalade and I started to make it about five years ago when I was visiting my partner Gill, who lives in Lymington.

“The recipe for the marmalade comes from my late mother’s 1942 year book.

“It has always gone down well with both my family and people who have bought it.

“My children are all grown up now and live away from home, but they always look forward to receiving a jar or two.”

Mr Rotherham said he had memories of his mother making the marmalade.

He said: “The one thing I remember was that my father always had to cut up the rind because my mother had arthritis in her hands and so she didn’t have the strength to do so.”

Mr Rotherham, who has raised money for charities including the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in the past said there was a way that the public would help in his fundraising efforts this year.

He said: “People can buy the marmalade from The Coffee Tree in George Street or The Rockwell in Market Square.

“Alternatively, people can help by dropping off one pound or three quarters of a pound jam jars in the porch at 10 Temple Square.

“I really enjoy doing this and I plan to continue doing so for as long as I can.”