Farm News

Our calendar girls’ prize to Parkinson’s UK

Parkinson’s UK, the national charity that drives better care, treatments and quality of life for sufferers of the disease, has received a cash donation from a our photogenic hens.

We submitted a photo of our hens enjoying life around one of our vintage tractors as an entry for the front cover of the British Free Range Egg Producers Association (BFREPA) 2017 calendar.

It turned out to be the winning photo but we decided to donate our prize to Parkinson’s UK.

“My brother, Ady and I had no hesitation in choosing Parkinson’s UK,” explains Sunrise Eggs’ joint managing director Phill Crawley.

“Our father, Tony, started rearing hens in the 1960s. He later suffered from Parkinson’s but was still able to build and develop a business that today packs approximately four million eggs a week.”

One in every 500 people in the UK has Parkinson’s. Symptoms are different for everyone but often progress quickly. Currently there’s no cure.

“We’ve asked that the money donated is used specifically for research. It’s imperative that progress is made in finding a cure. Despite huge scientific progress, there have been no major advances in Parkinson’s treatments in the last decade.

“Research takes a great deal of money and developing new treatments takes a long time. That’s why this charity’s work is so important.”

Phill presented the £400 cheque to Leicestershire branch treasurer Barrie Meadows at Sunrise Eggs head office and farm at Sileby.

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