Olympic food brings home the bacon for children’s charity

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Olympic-themed sausages were among the ingenious fundraising ideas used by staff at a farm shop in Duffield to generate £1,100 for charity.

The “Olympig” pork treats, along with a sponsored cycle ride and raffle help the team at Croots on Wirksworth Road reach their impressive total.

And during a presentation this week the money was presented to David Harris, fund-raising officer for Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre which provides holidays in Skegness for disadvantaged youngsters from the county.

The project helps around 450 children every year from across Derbyshire.

“I’d like to say a really big thank-you to the customers and staff of Croots Farm Shop who have helped us to raise this magnificent sum,” said farm shop owner Steve Croot.

“Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre needs to raise more than £150,000 every year to fund 450 holiday places for disadvantaged youngsters from the county, and we hope this contribution will be a good help.”

The team at Croots raised £600 with the sponsored cycle ride on exercise bikes to mark the shop’s fourth birthday last summer, and collected a further £70 by staging the raffle.

The shop also donated 20 per cent from the sale of its Olympig sausages which were created to celebrate the 2012 games, and held a range of other fund-raising events at Christmas, which brought the total amount raised to £1,100.

The farm shop, which is based at Farnah House Farm, will continue its support for Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre during 2013 alongside its other adopted charity, the Shire Horse Society.