Farm shop staff in charity walk

generous staff at a Duffield farm shop will be putting their best foot forward to raise money for underprivileged children.

The team at Croots will join forces to walk a 50-mile relay up and down the shop’s quarter-mile-long driveway, off Wirksworth Road.

Money raised will go to Treats, a charity set up 25 years ago by professional businesswomen to help children in Derbyshire.

The 12 workers, including boss Steve Croot, will split the 50 miles between them during the day on Wednesday, June 15.

It will also mark the store’s third birthday.

Steve said: “Since first opening our doors three years ago, we have had so much support from so many loyal customers. Thanks to them, we have gone from strength to strength.

“We have been able to expand and now have an award-winning butchery counter, deli and café, so we thought it would be good to celebrate our third birthday, by giving something back to the community.

“Staff will be put through their paces as they walk from the shop to the main road and back again – all for a cause so close to our hearts.

“We are appealing to our customers to help support our effort, so that we can raise as much money as possible for Treats.”

Steve said that his team is hoping to raise “a couple of thousand pounds” for the charity.

The shop has set up a collection bottle at the check-out counter and donations can also be made online at www.justgiving.com/Steven-Croot.

Steve said: “Treats is a local charity for local children. Sometimes people do not think about local kids and that is what we like to do.”

Treats is one of Croots’ chosen charities for 2011, alongside The Shire Horse Society. The farm shop is based at Farnah House Farm, which has been a home to shire horses for many years.

“Our customers have a fantastic history of being generous when it comes to fundraising and thanks to them we’ve raised hundreds of pounds for these two charities in recent years,” added Steve.