Over the last two weeks we have held breakfast events across the country, linking into British Breakfast Week. From Northumberland to Cornwall we have enjoyed the generosity and hospitality of so many people. Our main partners Barclays; debbie&andrew’s sausages; Colin Carters Eggs; Griggs Farmshop Restaurant; Provenance Inns; Nationwide Produce; Quality Milk Producers and Strutt & Parker have all been so supportive and our diners have been very generous too.
Our second year at the Ashcombe Club near Dawlish saw a larger number of people attending. Thank you to Sharon Gay, chef Ralph and all the team. Raising over £2,000, we will split this with the Ashcombe Club to support local charities in Ashcombe and the Dawlish area.
A record number dined at Griggs Farmshop Restaurant in Cornwall; a huge thank you to Michael Griggs and his family and staff for all the effort they put in to make this event a success. All profits are split equally between Addington and R.A.B.I.
Our Warwickshire Breakfast is also a joint-fundraiser with R.A.B.I. with each charity benefiting by over £1,000. Over 100 people enjoyed a cooked breakfast at the Spinning Jenny Restaurant at Hatton Country World. Thank you to David Blower and the staff at the Hatton and to the staff from Barclays who helped.
Back in Cornwall, Sarah Lawrence, landlady of The Falcon Inn in St Mawgan, again made her dining room available to host a more formal breakfast which allows us to engage with local businesses and farmers. Jo Wingfield from NatWest and Neil Chamberlain from Worldwide Financial Planning again gave their time and knowledge to make this an important event in our calendar.
Off to the hills! We travelled north to new events. Chris Blundell and Michael Ibbotson, Directors of Provenance Inns made The Carpenters Arms in Felixkirk, near Thirsk available, supported by Barclays and Strutt& Parker. A wonderful venue and a fantastic breakfast; the ‘Full English’ diet is much easier to cope with in week two!!!! All the income from this event will go into our North of England Flood Fund.
Similarly, funds raised from our Northumberland Breakfast at The Barn at Beal will also help our famers affected by the awful flooding. Watching the sun come up over Bamburgh Castle and looking towards Holy Island is an amazing way to start the day, and of course our host Rod Smith is the world record wheat grower. Money is still coming in for these two events and we will raise over £12,000, a record breaker for Addington too. Thank you to the Partners of Strutt & Parker who used this opportunity to contribute £2,500 to our Flood Fund and to Barclays Community Fund for matchfunding some of our fund raising activities.
During breakfast week our friends at Mole Valley Farmers held an event at their Head Office in South Molton with donations coming to Addington. MVF are great supporters and have already contributed to our North of England Flood Fund.
We have a few more breakfasts in the pipeline; the next is in Herefordshire at the Temple Bar Inn in Ewyas Harold on Friday 11th March, by kind permission of our Trustee Peter Jinman.
All future events are listed in the Events section of the website.