Charity Cheese to Raise Vital Funds

The owner of a West Yorkshire Cheese firm is celebrating the completion a gruelling charity challenge by launching a limited edition cheese.

Castleford based Cryer and Stott’s MD Richard Holmes completed a climb to Everest’s Base Camp in October which saw him raise over £4k for local charity Cash for Kids.  Not content with this total however Richard has now set about creating a cheese to commemorate his expedition with 5% of all proceeds going to the charities Christmas appeal.

Richard flew in to Lukla in Nepal earlier this year and trekked the 80 miles round trip to Mount Everest base camp carrying with him some of Yorkshire’s finest cheese and chutney to showcase the county’s produce at 18,000ft.

The challenge was supported by local businesses and raised thousands of pounds for the charity which helps sick, disabled and disadvantaged children across Yorkshire.

After landing back in the UK Richard decided to create a cheese in celebration of his achievement and ‘Namaste’ was born. The final product is a soft handmade Goats cheese rubbed in edible ash and Himalayan pink salt and moulded to replicate the Ama Dablam mountain he woke up to every morning.

Richard said: “I wanted to create a legacy in celebration of my trek to Everest Base Camp and0 by creating Namaste it will help raise further funds for this fantastic charity. The donation will ensure children in Yorkshire will wake up with a present on Christmas morning.’

Namaste is a very limited edition with only 200 made in total.  For more information visit