Good year for BDCI

The industry's leading charity, the Butchers & Drover's Charitable Institution, celebrated a record year of success, as festival chairman Richard Cracknell handed the baton over to Dennis Clark.

Under Cracknell's stewardship, the charity has benefited from more than £275,000, with £135,000 alone raised from the annual festival dinner.

A further £100,000 donation was received from the Goodman Foundation, while staff at ABP raised another £40,000 with a variety of stunts, including parachute jumps and dressing up as cows.

New festival chairman Clark, sales director for Towers Thompson, called on the industry to support the charity: "There are people out there who have nothing, and that's why we're here. The BDCI is a worthwhile charity for our trade."

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