Turkeys for Troops charity raises £2,000

By Michael Stones contact

- Last updated on GMT

Talking turkey: Chelsea pensioner Dave Thomson thanks farmer Rob Caldecott for his seasonal gift
Talking turkey: Chelsea pensioner Dave Thomson thanks farmer Rob Caldecott for his seasonal gift

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Small traditional turkey producers nationwide have raised £2,000 for the charity Help for Heroes, while one producer is treating Chelsea pensioners to a slap-up Christmas dinner.

The UK Turkeys for Troops campaign – now in its second year – made the donation from sales of promotional material through its online shop. The outlet helps small-scale bird producers to promote their turkeys through farm shops, butchers and small-scale retailers.

Meanwhile, Worcestershire-based turkey producer Rob Caldecott has donated enough turkeys to feed all the residents of Royal Hospital Chelsea on Christmas Day.

Chelsea Pensioners

“I’m really proud to be part of the Turkeys for Troops campaign and we’re delighted to give the Chelsea Pensioners fresh British turkeys once again for their Christmas Day dinner,”​ said Caldecott.

Small turkey producers​ in this country just want to express their thanks to our friends in the armed forces and this is just a small way of doing that.”

Last year farmers provided 1,200 dinners for sick and injured troops​, as well as veterans, at barracks and hospitals throughout the UK.

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