Air Ambulance scoops eggs-cellent £1,500 donation!

February 7, 2017 by Lara Lucas

(From left to right) Anne Mitchell, Joint Owner of Rumwell Farm Shop, Lara Battersby, Communications Assistant at Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, and Chris O’Conner, Shop Manager at Rumwell Farm Shop, celebrate the amount raised during 2016.

The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has recently received a donation of £1,500 from an award-winning farm shop in the area after it hosted a series of fundraisers including one related to the eggs it sells.

The funds were raised for the charity, which is based in Wellington, by staff and customers at Rumwell Farm Shop & Cafe throughout 2016.

Anne Mitchell, Joint Owner of the farm shop and cafe, which is located on the A38 between Taunton and Wellington, explained: “We’re thrilled to have raised such a fantastic amount of money for the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, which was one of our chosen charities of the year for 2016.

“The £1,500 was raised in a number of ways from collection tins and a Charity Carvery & Quiz Evening in June to us also donating 10p from each bag of sherbet lemons and 10p from each sale of our dozen, large, free range eggs.

“We also held a car wash in aid of Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance in May. The 1st Wellington Scout Group gave a helping hand and we managed to raise £215 for the charity.

“We would like thank all our staff, customers and the 1st Wellington Scout Group for helping us raise this incredible amount of money for the charity during the past year.”

The Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance launched in March 2000 and has flown more than 11,000 missions, many of them life-saving.

Its operational costs are more than £2 million a year and the approximate cost per mission is £2,500. With public support it is also able to purchase specialist pieces of equipment that aid its paramedics’ training and help to save lives across the two counties.

Debbie Birtwisle, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Fundraising Coordinator, said: “We would like to thank the staff and customers at Rumwell Farm Shop for the huge effort they have put in during the past year. The funds raised will help us to continue saving lives.

Rumwell Farm Shop is an independent, family-run, award-winning business owned by the Mitchell family. It was originally a potato store, when David and Anne Mitchell began selling their potatoes and free range eggs at the gate.

Due to customer demand, the range of products soon increased and the farm shop grew into the place it is today. David and Anne’s sons, James and Jack, are now also involved in the business.

Rumwell Farm Shop has a traditional butchery counter selling free range pork and Aberdeen Angus beef reared just four miles away on the family farm. There is also a delicatessen, bakery, jam kitchen and food hall.

Home grown potatoes are also still available as well as everything from fruit, vegetables and groceries to plants, flowers, gifts and cards.

The Rumwell Cafe, which opened in May 2015, can seat approximately 80 people. The food prepared in the cafe kitchen is sourced from the farm shop, the Mitchell family farm and regional suppliers.

Families are welcome to the cafe and there is a menu especially for children. The cafe also serves afternoon teas, carvery on a Sunday and is licensed to sell alcoholic beverages. To add to this, it also has a separate gluten free menu.

For more information, please call Rumwell Farm Shop, which is located in Rumwell between Taunton and Wellington, on 01823 461599, visit www.rumwellfarmshop.com, follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rumwellfarmshop or log on to www.facebook.com/Rumwellfarmshop.