Media Release: Mary’s gelato ‘scoops’ funds for Scottish charity

Mary & Katherine behind door 1

EDINBURGH-based Mary’s Milk Bar is tucked away in the Grassmarket and owner, Mary Hillard, recently teamed up with Scottish charity, Health in Mind, to host four special evenings for people to raise funds, whilst learning about and enjoying the art of gelato.

Health in Mind community fundraiser, Katherine Sellar, returned to the glamorous deco-style parlour to present Mary with a certificate to thank her for arranging the fundraising events and to receive the £200 which was raised.

Katherine commented: “The evenings were hugely popular and as well as hearing about the history of ice cream, we were given a sneaky peak of Mary’s laboratory where she makes the gelato and we learned the science behind it.

“Interestingly, we also heard how, in days of old, gelato was considered to be good for mental health and was given to people in hospital to cheer them up.

“However, the best part of each evening was the opportunity to taste the three types of wonderful gelato – milk, egg and water-based.”

Mary trained in Bologna in Italy at the prestigious Carpigiani Gelato University which means she is a gelato graduate! She has also worked as a chocolatier for the last five years.

Speaking about the success of the evenings, Mary said: “I believe that I may have the best job in the world as I am passionate about producing artisan gelato as it is a world away from industrial ice cream.

“I see how something that tastes good can make people happy and I am delighted to have been able to help raise funds for Heath in Mind and give everyone a lovely evening too.”

Mary’s gelato is soft and creamy and every week, there are new flavours and new ways to enjoy them.

Katherine concluded: “The evenings were a great success and I know many people would love to revisit the world of fresh gelato and savour Mary’s latest concoctions.”


For further information contact Doreen Graham, Health in Mind communications manager on 0131 243 0137 or 075 9000 9953.

Notes for Editors:

Health in Mind

Founded in the 1980s, Health in Mind was originally known as the Edinburgh Association for Mental Health.

Health in Mind is committed to improving the mental health and wellbeing of people living in Scotland. Through raising public awareness and understanding of mental health issues, we aim to reduce stigma and discrimination.

Our services include: Support, Accommodation and Respite Service (SARS); The Orchard Centre Services (Midlothian); Befriending; Equal Access; Information Services; Talking Therapies; Community Connecting (Befriending for the over 65s); Trauma Support and mental health and wellbeing training for individuals and organisations.

At Health in Mind, the professional and trusted support staff and committed volunteers understand the issues which people face and often draw upon their own personal experiences.

40 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh EH2 4RT

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Mary’s Milk Bar

Tucked into the bustling Grassmarket with a magnificent view of Edinburgh Castle, Mary’s Milk Bar offers you all the wonders of fresh gelato and chocolate.

You can sip a malted milkshake, indulge in a sharing platter of truffles or savour that day’s Sundae Special. Everything is available to take-away so you can enjoy the delights on the go.

Mary’s Milk Bar evokes the initial glamour of the deco parlours with flaming cornetto lamps, an enamel green milkshake maker and gleaming formica as far as the eye can see.

Come and soak up the atmosphere, enjoy the view of Edinburgh Castle and chit chat to Mary as she prepares her latest concoction.

Opening hours:  

April to December    11am – 7pm Tuesday to Saturday. 12pm – 6pm Sundays

January to March       11am – 6pm Tuesday to Saturday. 12pm – 6pm Sundays

Closed on Mondays (Mary needs a rest).

Christmas/New Year opening:

Closed on 24th until 29th December. Reopens on 30th December at 1pm

19 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2HS


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Contact: Doreen Graham
Phone: 01312430137