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Farmhouse Breakfast Serves up a £4,200 Treat for Charity

Bumper Yorkshire farmhouse breakfasts – all 164 of them – were served up over three days and six sittings at this year’s annual Charity Farmhouse Breakfast.

Breakfast is served. Organisers and helpers are pictured at the 2010 Yorkshire Charity Big Farmhouse Breakfast. Hosts Chris and Christine Ryder are back right and front left respectively, with ARC-Addington Fund director Ian Bell, back left, and Dave Jones, Barclays’ North of England agricultural manager, front centre, joined by other local Farm Stay UK ladies.

Breakfast is served

Husband-and-wife farmers and on-farm accommodation providers Chris and Christine Ryder threw open their doors at Scaife Hall Farm, Blubberhouses, for the 2010 feast, which raised £4,200 for the ARC-Addington Fund.

The national charity helps maintain the economic and social fabric of UK farming communities, notably through its Strategic Rural Housing Scheme, which provides housing for farmer and their families who have to leave their farm and cannot find anywhere suitable to live.

ARC-Addington Fund director Ian Bell OBE said: “Fund-raising is vital to us and the resounding success of the Yorkshire Big Breakfast event is very appropriate, as we have been particularly active of late in re-housing a number of families across the county who have been forced to come out of farming or have retired.

“We’d like to hear from other families who may be facing similar problems. Many farmers are not keen to talk to us and are prepared to ‘struggle on regardless.’ What we want to them know is that potential help could well be available. We’re only a phone call away.”

Organisers and helpers are pictured at the 2010 Yorkshire Charity Big Farmhouse Breakfast. Host Christine Ryder is third from right, with Christine Clarkson, of Bondcroft Farm B&B, Embsay, right, joined by ARC-Addington Fund director Ian Bell, Dave Jones, Barclays’ North of England agricultural manager, and other local Farm Stay UK ladies.

2010 Yorkshire Charity Big Farmhouse Breakfast

The 2010 Big Breakfast was organised and run jointly by REAL Food and Farming, which promotes and supports the Yorkshire Dales uplands and the communities and businesses that depend on them, and local members of Farm Stay UK, Britain’s biggest network of farm-based accommodation providers.

It again shone the spotlight on the value and importance of using quality local produce, as well as the starting the day with a healthy, nutritious breakfast.

Barclays Bank was main sponsor, with support also received from other local and regional suppliers and individuals.

A venue is already in place for the 2011 Charity Big Breakfast – St George’s Court B&B, Old Home Farm, High Grantley, Ripon, to be hosted by Will and Lindsey Hitchen.

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