Sunday, 26 September 2021

Farmer goes pink for charity

THEY look like hundreds of giant pink marshmallows

THEY look like hundreds of giant pink marshmallows.

In fact, they are 180 bales of hay in a field at Mays Farm, near Ewelme, wrapped in striking pink plastic by farmer David Passmore as a surprise for his wife and two daughters.

The bales, each weighing 600kg, can be clearly seen from the A4130 between Nuffield and Crowmarsh Gifford.

Mr Passmore ordered the special charity wraps a few months ago and the farm workers put them to use when the hay was baled on Monday — as he and his wife Lucy were having lunch in the field.

Mrs Passmore said: “We were having a picnic lunch because I bring it to him and they started wrapping them and he said, ‘they’re pink and that’s your surprise’.

“We have three girls in the house so there is a lot of pink.” Later she went to pick up the couple’s two daughters, Milly, five, and Bella, three, from school and showed them the field as they drove home.

“They could not believe it,” said Mrs Passmore. “They asked why they were pink because normally the wraps are black and we watched the last few being wrapped.

“The girls love everything that’s pink. They’re trying to persuade their dad to buy a pink tractor!”

Mr Passmore said he had seen some pink wraps last year as part of a fund-raising initiative by Breast Cancer Now, a research charity.

“When I heard they were doing the pink wraps again I rang and said I would have some,” he said.

“You have to pay a bit extra but that goes towards the charity and I thought the girls would find it fun coming home from school and seeing them.

“I thought it would just be something fun and didn’t realise when you have almost 200 in the field what it would look like. I didn’t think everyone driving past would stop to take pictures or slow down to look.

“When you look through the trees you might think it looks like a field of giant marshmallows.”

The couple have set up an online fund-raising page.

Mrs Passmore said: “David said nobody would donate so we put the target as £100 then we got £250 quite quickly and we were up to £400 in 24 hours. Now we’re hoping to raise £1,000.

“Bella goes to Bix Montessori School and a parent there died last summer of breast cancer and she was young. I have friends of friends who tell me about people it is affecting and it’s an awful thing. It seems to be happening to younger people.”

Milly, who attends Cranford School, near Moulsford, and Bella keep chickens on the farm and sell their eggs for pocket money.

Mrs Passmore said: “We spend hours in the summer taking lunches and supper out to David. We don’t do much of the work but we’re a support team to him, I suppose.”

Mr Passmore started running the farm about 15 years ago when his father passed away and it has been in his family since the Fifties.

He plans remove the bales from the field on Monday but his wife wants to put up a sign explaining the pink bales to passers-by and how to donate.

Mrs Passmore said: “It’s a prominent position in the field so we could do something every year.”

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