Beefy and Lamby take to the track
The iconic ‘Beefy’ and ‘Lamby’ characters are to come out of retirement to help a Yorkshire-based farm shop raise money for charity.
Two young apprentice butchers from Keelham Farm Shop in Thornton will be donning the outfits to take part in a fancy dress race for mascots – the Mascot Gold Cup.
Kyle Mottram, aged 21, of Haworth, and 25-year-old Andrew Scholes, of Wibsey, will be aiming to raise money for their local Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice at Oxenhope, which provides long-term and palliative care for those with terminal illnesses.
The Brighouse & Denholme Road shop will also be staging other fund-raising events throughout April in aid of Manorlands, with Lamby and Beefy making pre-race guest appearances in the shop over three days from this Friday to Sunday, 20-22 April, handing out free balloons and carrying collection buckets to help swell the charity kitty.
Kyle, chosen as one of three British contenders for the International Young Butcher competition in the Netherlands in September, will be making his second appearance in the Mascot Gold Cup. Last year, he secured over £1,000 in sponsorship, which earned him a special award for the mascot raising the most money.
Collection buckets are available at Keelham Farm Shop. Co-owner and director Victoria Robertshaw said: “We are hopeful that Kyle and Andrew will run the races of their lives and help raise a new record amount of money for Manorlands.
“Our customers are extremely generous when it comes to supporting our ongoing fund-raising efforts and we trust we will be on to yet another winner in the Mascot Gold Cup!”