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Leah Davies is raising money for Cumbria Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service

The Stinky Fish Challenge

Event date: 14th May 2022

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James, the owner of JT Construction is putting his tastebuds on the line to help raise money for CADAS, a countywide drug and alcohol support service that focuses on both reactive and preventative community support. James’s aim is to raise a minimum of £2,000 before he’ll even attempt the stinky fish challenge, so get your donations in if you want to see James step up to the plate.

The Stinky Fish Challenge involves surströmming, one of the world's smelliest foods, which tastes pretty good, but it’s strong rotten egg smell will make you sick before you even get to try it! Surströmming, is a lightly salted fermented Baltic Sea herring, which has been a traditional Swedish cuisine since the 16th century, usually eaten in a sandwich with potatoes, onions, and sour cream. During the production of surströmming, just enough salt is used to prevent the raw herring from rotting while allowing it to ferment. A fermentation process takes up to six months and gives the fish its strong smell and acidic taste.

The challenge will take place Saturday 14th May 2022 at 2pm, at The Duke of Cumberland in Kendal. Come along and watch James eat a can of surströmming, you may want to put your nose plug on as James opens the can to one of the most putrid food smells in the world.

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Started in 1979 we are a countywide drug and alcohol support service that focuses on both reactive and preventative community support.

We help people affected by their own or someone else’s harmful substance use and offer intensive 1:1 talking therapy as well as peer group support sessions. We see about 500 people per year access this type of service from us (including children and young people as well as adults).

We deliver awareness raising events, health and wellbeing sessions and training courses to between 2000-3000 people throughout Cumbria each year. You’ll find us doing school lessons and assemblies, in hospital foyers, libraries, shopping centres, team meetings and staff training programmes teaching people about a whole range of substance/addiction/wellbeing related topics.

We support people in recovery access training and work experience to help them regain their confidence or new skills to help them back into the workplace and are always looking for ambassadors and volunteers, with a wide range of roles to suit people’s availability and skill set.

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Cumbria Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service

Charity number: 1002201

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