Melanie and Jeremy Newman of Winkworth Farm in Malmesbury have sizzled up around 210 rashers of bacon, 420 eggs and 360 sausages since opening up their doors to serve fundraising cooked breakfasts to locals.
Many farming families and local businesses showed their solidarity – and their love of a good old-fashioned full English – by coming to sample the fare on offer, which included produce donated by Waitrose, The Co-op, Sherston Free Range Eggs, local butcher Thomas of Malmesbury and The Tracklement Company, who specialise in mustards, chutneys and preserves.
Jenni Thompson, R.A.B.I regional manager for the South Central region, said: “To date this event has raised more than £2,800 for R.A.B.I and gets bigger every year. More than 80 people, including businessmen, came to eat with Phillip Guilder taking up the mantle of chef to cook up a storm with his Manor Events team.”
Last year, R.A.B.I gave out grants of £1.9 million to farming people in financial need, including more than £51k in Wiltshire.
Jenni added: “Many people become full beneficiaries of R.A.B.I and receive regular quarterly or annual grants. R.A.B.I also helps with payments for telephone line rentals, lifeline alarms, TV licences and home-help costs. Additionally, the charity might pay for larger items that people need but cannot afford, such as electrically powered wheelchairs and scooters, stairlifts and other disability equipment, as well as white goods such as washing machines, fridges and cookers.”
R.A.B.I’s Farmhouse Breakfast campaign encourages supporters to host a breakfast event, enjoy a good feed and raise funds for struggling farmers in the process.
“It’s all about celebrating British produce,” added Jenni.
“Not just eggs, bacon and sausages, but also arable favourites like granola and fresh bread. It has never been more important to make sure we buy British produce which is produced to the best standards in the world. As shoppers we need to look carefully at packaging to see the country of origin and if possible not always go for the cheapest option. If we all bought just 10% more British food every week it would transform British agriculture and farmers’ lives.”