November 2017 update: Since the time of writing, Helga has received the news that her treatment is having a very positive effect and the whole family are spending quality time together. Over the last four months, they have donated £500 to Macmillan Cancer Support through fudge sales.
Business continues to develop, and new retail outlets across the county have started to stock the fudge, including Worcester Commandery.
This December, Wychbold Fudge will be at Worcester Victorian Fayre selling stocking fillers, gift wrapped fudge and a new flavour 'Wychbold Christmas Fudge' which is packed with dates, almonds and Christmas spices.
They will also be selling real Droitwich Salt in bags so people can use it with their Christmas dinner!
Earlier in 2017, we featured a story about Wychbold Fudge, and how the company was selected to use Droitwich's brine salt in its fudge.
Wychbold Fudge is a family-run business, and in the last few months the family has received some sad news. Justin's wife, Helga, has been diagnosed with a terminal illness.
The couple haven't let this affect their business and plan on continuing making, packaging and distributing brine salted fudge.
The couple got in contact with us to tell us their sad, yet extremely positive and inspiring story.
After Helga was diagnosed, the family thought they may not be able to continue with Wychbold Fudge at all. As friends and other local people heard about this news, they came forward to help out with the project ensuring the continuation of the brine salted fudge.
Seven volunteers are helping: Fran Quinn, Janet Hancox, Helen Leadbeater, Danni Riordan, Jim Slater, Claire Finnian and Jeanne Whatmore.
Danni's known the family for two years and once hearing about the story stepped forward to help out. She said: "I felt it was important that I gave up some of my time to help them."
Jim Slater said he was helping because he thinks they're wonderful people. "We can do anything when we just help one another."
Fran's story is an interesting one; her late husband worked for Droitwich Town Council and played a part in the refurbishment of Tower Hill (where the brine salt is being sourced from. Upon hearing Justin and Helga's story from a shopkeeper, Fran approached them to say she'd be willing to lend a hand. "My husband would be just thrilled to know something he worked on for many years is being used!"
Justin and Helga are completely inspired by the help they've received and have decided to donate an amount of every bar of fudge sold to Macmillan Cancer Support. In their first month, they'd set a target of raising £100 for Macmillan, but surpassed that in just one week.
If you think you'd be able to lend a hand packing or distributing, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
You can buy Wychbold Fudge's Brine Salted Fudge from the following places:
Checketts Fine Foods of Ombersley
Bannuttree Farm Shop at Cutnall Green
Izzy Wizzy Sweetiz of Droitwich
Bells Farm Shop of Stourport
St Peters Garden Centre of Worcester
Droitwich Heritage and Tourist Information Centre
Grace Cards and Books of Droitwich