Farm breakfasts raise record sum

Darlington and Stockton Times: GRUB’S UP: From left, Daphne Wilson, host Christine Ryder, Lindsey Hitchen, Liz Gudgeon, and Ian Bell. Front from left, Phil Ackroyd and Anthony Worth GRUB’S UP: From left, Daphne Wilson, host Christine Ryder, Lindsey Hitchen, Liz Gudgeon, and Ian Bell. Front from left, Phil Ackroyd and Anthony Worth

A THREE-DAY “Big Breakfast” bonanza at Scaife Hall Farm, Blubberhouses, raised a record-breaking £7,708 for the Addington Fund, a national charity that helps UK farming communities.

Husband and wife Chris and Christine Ryder, who run the award-winning Hardisty Hill on-farm bed and breakfast, netted almost £7,500 with two previous events – for the Make-A Wish-Foundation and the Addington Fund.

Mrs Ryder said: “We had hoped to break through the £10,000 barrier with total proceeds from our three Big Breakfasts, but with the latest event attracting matched funding from our main sponsor Barclays, we have now raised well over £15,000, including more than £12,000 for the Addington Fund, which is a fantastic achievement.

“We served up 193 meals at six sittings over the three days. It proved an incredible success, made possible through the tremendous support we received from sponsors, helpers and big breakfasters themselves, who came from near and far.”

Ian Bell, director of the Addington Fund, said: “Every penny raised will be used to support Yorkshire farming families and through our housing initiative will continue to help more families again in their future. A huge thank you to so many people for supporting us in so many ways.”

The Yorkshire & North East Agricultural Division of Barclays has supported the two Addington fund-raisers and John Pinches, the Darlingtonbased agricultural area manager, and other specialist agricultural managers from across Yorkshire helped at the event.

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