Beoley farmer's turkey treat for troops

By Harriet Ernstsons Wednesday 05 December 2012 Updated: 06/12 10:12

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INJURED troops are set to tuck in to turkey this Christmas thanks to the generosity of a Beoley farmer.

Michael Attwell, from Attwell Farm on Seafield Lane, will be sending turkeys to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham in time for Christmas Day as part of the Turkeys for Troops scheme, launched by the NFU and UK Turkey, with help from the Ministry of Defence.

The 68-year-old, who has just won a Heart of England Fine Foods award for his produce, said he was delighted to be involved in the campaign.

"I think it's tremendously important as we are trying to show our thanks to the troops for what they have done for us," he added.

"We couldn't support them all simply because the logistics make it impossible but I know a lot of farmers expressed a desire to give their support.

"Christmas is always very special for us and it is satisfying knowing people are enjoying our turkeys, but it's even better this year because of the campaign."

Lt Col Mel Pears, commanding officer of the 15x (NE) Personnel Recovery Unit, said: "The wounded, injured and sick of the unit are very pleased with this practical demonstration of support. 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."

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