AWARD winning gold star bed and breakfast establishment Colliers Farm in Fernhurst have hosted a fund-raising breakfast and helped villagers out at the same time.
The event took place over last weekend when Marina and Will Shellard opened their home and business to help raise funds and awareness for the national charity Winston’s Wish which does so very much to help bereaved children.
But in the wake of the Valentine’s Day storms which saw Fernhurst once again deluged with heavy rain and lashed with gale force winds many homes around the village were once again without power.
Fernhurst was again one of the last villages to have electricity restored and many villagers were left in the dark and the cold without cooking facilities for more than 24 hours.
And they were more than happy to join in the fund raising breakfast.
Open from 8.30am onwards around 100 villagers - men, women and children dropped in between then and midday to enjoy a stunning breakfast including everything from porridge and cereals, croissants and Danish pastries, home made breads and jams, fruit salad and yoghurts as well as continually refreshed tea, coffee and fruit juices.
Marina and Will hosted the event in their large farmhouse kitchen and were helped by family and friends while guests came from across the area as well as some long distance supporters from Leeds and Cambridge.
Will told the Observer: “We are delighted that Colliers Farm can welcome family, friends and many others from the village to support Winston’s Wish, which is such a deserving charity and which has done so much for a local friend of ours whose husband died so suddenly.
“We have raised over £900 which is so much more than we ever hoped for.
“Funds were swelled by several silent auction lots donated by supporters as well as Marina’s excellent home made fudge and shortbread which all sold out.
The hosts are also hoping that their well supported breakfast event will have raised the profile throughout the Fernhurst area, of the national charity.