Ongoing 'in lieu' donation

Hospice Hope would like to thank Steve and Eileen Plummer of Packington for their ongoing support of our charity.  As owners of a one-acre paddock in Packington, they recently generously requested a monthly donation to come direct to us in lieu of rent for their grassy grazing paddock.  With its secure fencing and access to water, the plot had great potential for a budding smallholder.

We were thrilled to hear last week that a young farmer in the making; Lizzie Williams, who recently completed the first year of a three year agricultural studies course at Brooksby College, has taken up this offer with her Mum Jacqui in support.  Lizzie said:

“My dreams of becoming a farmer are slowly being realised with me continuing on at college and working on a local dairy farm.  Now mum and I have taken on 2 fields, and are setting up a flock of Ryelands Sheep.  I am now the very proud owner of 9 Ryelands. 

Ryelands are one of the oldest breeds of sheep in Britain thought to be descendants of the Spanish Merino sheep that came over with the Romans. The breed was given their name by the monks of Leominster in Hereford where they were grazing the copious amounts of rye grass over seven centuries ago and are capable of producing good lamb and wool. The wool is said to be good for spinning and we are looking forward to trying the lamb meat.”

We wish Lizzie, her Mum and their flock of sheep all the very best in their new home in Packington.