A FARMER is making sure turkey will be on the menu this Christmas for injured service men and women.
Tim Lindley, who runs Hostingley Farm, near Middlestown, with his wife Lynne, is donating the birds as part of the National Farmers Union’s Turkeys for Troops appeal.
With the help of the Ministry of Defence, the aim is to present soldiers, past and present, with a delicious farm-reared bird for the centrepiece of their Christmas feast.
More than 100 birds will be delivered to seven locations around the country including the Personnel Recovery Unit at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire.
Mr and Mrs Lindley rear free-range traditional bronze and white turkeys on their farm every year, which are sold both directly and through 10 farm shops in the surrounding area.
Mr Lindley said: “We were delighted to donate some of our Christmas turkeys this year. It is just a small token of our appreciation for our armed forces who give so much to keep us safe and uphold the values of our country.
“Our birds are reared with all the care we can give them so it’s fitting that they should form the centrepiece of a festive celebration so thoroughly deserved by so many.”
Lt Col Mel Pears, Commanding Officer of the 15x (NE) Personnel Recovery Unit in Catterick, said: “I would like to, on behalf of every soldier under my command, say thank you to the NFU. The wounded, injured and sick of the 15x (NE) PRU are very pleased with this practical demonstration of support, a gift of turkeys this Christmas.
“It will provide happiness and comfort to each family during what will be a reflective and emotional time. I would like to add my personal thanks to those involved with providing this gift – knowing that people are thinking of our injured troops at this time makes a real difference.”
The Turkeys for Troops appeal has been launched by NFU’s UK Turkeys website and Connect Packaging.