FUW hosts successful virtual breakfast week

The virtual farmhouse breakfast week (January 18 – January 24), organised by the Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW), has been a roaring success according to the organisation.

The campaign raised the profile of local food, its producers and retailers and also vital funds for the DPJ Foundation.

Under normal circumstances, the FUW would have held breakfast events across Wales in village halls, cafes, marts and farmhouse kitchens; however, the on-going Covid-19 lockdown meant a change of plan.

FUW President Glyn Roberts said:

“I would like to thank each and every single one of you who has helped make this virtual campaign a roaring success.

We have seen hundreds of you enjoy breakfast, sourced locally, at home with your families and our retailers and farmers were instrumental in their involvement and provided excellent food from Wales.

The campaign further hoped to raise vital funds for the DPJ Foundation by asking consumers to make a small donation alongside their breakfast produce purchase.

‘The donations are still coming in’

Roberts continued:

“The donations are still coming in but the current total through our JustGiving page is £931.

I’m delighted that so many people have made a donation to this important cause and I must mention Ela and Huw Roberts of OincOink who alone raised over £1,300 contributing to a total from Caernarfonshire of £2,000, which takes our total raised close to £3,000.

“Ela and all the family prepared over 70 hampers which included multiple breakfasts with very kind donations from The Farm Gate, Mynytho; Wyau Desach, Clynog Fawr; Wyau Llŷn and Wynnstay, Pengroeslon. A tremendous effort.”

Roberts added that poor mental health remains an issue in rural communities and our normal ways of coping, such as meeting friends and family, visiting the marts and being social in person are sadly still not an option.

We must make every effort to keep sharing the load through other means such as video calls, messages and the old fashioned phone call.

“The money raised will help the DPJ Foundation to continue their excellent service to our farming communities and I encourage those who feel like they need help to get in touch with them,” he concluded.