In early 2018 Calum was charged by the Harlequins Academy with developing a sustainable form of income for charity, following on from his ‘Head shave for Dad’ which raised almost £25,000 for Cancer Research.
Considering various options, Calum and fellow Quins Academy player, Henry Cheeseman, decided a gin business donating 25% of its profits to charity – Cancer Research as Calum’s Dad had just been diagnosed with a brain tumour and also the Seb Adeniran Olule Foundation after a fellow Quins player, Seb, who sadly died in a motor accident. His family have established this foundation in Seb’s memory to help disadvantaged kids obtain some life changing opportunities.
The gin business has been developed from a standing start. The gin recipe has been developed with a lot of tastings and the finished product is a smooth, premium quality gin. The bottle design is of a white rose on a Bristol Blue style glass bottle, as per the picture.
Blue Thorn Gin came into being in November 2018 and has already outsold expectations with many customers returning for replenishment – which we think is the greatest testament to the quality of the gin and the emphasis being on charity too. Many bars in the Brighton area are also stocking Blue Thorn Gin too, so keep your eyes peeled!
If any OB would be interested in purchasing a bottle, RRP £33.50, please visit our website – bluethorngin.co.uk – and using the offer code OB15, you’ll get a 15% discount on the RRP. There is a postage charge of £6 in addition. AND 25% of the profits will be going to two great charitable causes too.
You can follow Blue Thorn Gin’s (and Calum’s) progress on Instagram, social media and the Blue Thorn Gin website.