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Sausages strike gold in awards and raise £15,000 for Help for Heroes
Sausages made by independent butcher A Turner & Sons in Aldershot, Hampshire have not only scooped a multitude of regional and national awards recently, but the sale of these sausages has also raised £15,000 for the charity Help for Heroes.
Butchers Paul and Kevin Turner have received a major award from BPEX (British Pig Executive) for their ‘Services to the British Sausage Industry’ for the work they have done to raise money for Help for Heroes. Turner’s sausages, including Pickled Pig, Hampshire Hog and Hair of the Hog, have also won five gold awards in the national BPEX British Sausage Week Competition and the Foodservice Sausage of the Year, held recently in London, where they were judged blind alongside 240 other sausages. The Pickled Pig was also a regional finalist in the BPEX ‘Britain’s Star Sausage’ competition, judged by BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood.
To date the sausages have raised more than £15,000 for Help for Heroes. This has been achieved through sales of sausages and ‘Bangers for Cash’ charity events that Turner’s has organised. This Friday (5 November) Paul Turner will be at Catterick, supplying 1500 Pickled Pig sausages for the 300 troops returning home from Afghanistan to enjoy on arrival.
Paul and Kevin saw that their customers, in the home of the British Army, were more than happy to pay a few pence more for sausages knowing that the money raised would go to Help for Heroes, so they thought big. They licensed the production of Hare of the Hog and the Pickled Pig sausages to a volume manufacturer and persuaded the UK’s largest retailer to stock them for four months at 20 stores. They also persuaded the UK’s third largest foodservice distributor to stock the sausages in catering-sized cases.
Paul said: “It was hard work getting everything in place to manufacture and sell the sausages on a wider basis but it was really worth the effort. I am very proud to receive this award but that is not why I did it – I just wanted to give something back for what the troops had done.”
BPEX director Mick Sloyan commented: “Turner’s has done a magnificent job and is a very worthy winner of this year’s award for Service to the Sausage Industry.”
Tim Brock, manager of county food group Hampshire Fare, of which Turner's is a member, added: “Turner’s has gone the extra mile – not only producing a quality product proven by all these awards but using their entrepreneurship to help others.”
To find out more about Turner’s ‘Bangers for Cash’ events or to discuss supply opportunities, call Paul or Kevin Turner on 01252 322825 or visit www.aturnerandsons.co.uk
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