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Chef cooks up a storm with fundraising

PUBLISHED: 16:12 31 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:32 05 July 2010

A SOUTHWOLD chef has raised more than £250 for beleaguered pig farmers.

Alan Paton, of Sutherland House Hotel, added a £1 supplement to the menu price for each pork main course he raised.

A SOUTHWOLD chef has raised more than £250 for beleaguered pig farmers.

Alan Paton, of Sutherland House Hotel, added a £1 supplement to the menu price for each pork main course he raised.

He presented the funds raised to the British Pig Executive (BPEX) to help its Pigs Are Worth It campaign, which is calling for fairer prices for farmers, who are struggling with high feed costs.

BPEX food service trade manager Tony Goodger said: “Alan's support for his local suppliers and the industry must be commended, while the fantastic response proves that customers are very much behind the campaign and are keen to support farmers. It also demonstrates how popular pork dishes have become.”

Mr Paton said he was “thrilled” to be able to help farmers that produce such quality pork, and said customers had been very supportive.

Pig farmer Jimmy Butler, of Blythburgh Free Range Pork, said: “It really boosts morale to know that people support and care about farmers. That's why we decided to pass the proceeds onto BPEX to help the industry as a whole. If more chefs and retailers are willing to make the same commitment, it would make all the difference to farmers that work so hard to raise high welfare, quality assured pigs.”

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