THE FUW Farmhouse Breakfast week in Pembrokeshire raised nearly £1,500 for a mental health charity.

Celebrating great, local and sustainable food, while also raising awareness of mental health issues in the farming community, saw many starting the day together with family, friends and neighbours, in a positive way.

Hosting a breakfast at Canolfan Hermon and Crundale Hall, over 130 breakfasts were served by the local Farmers’ Union of Wales branch, which raised £1,469.74 for the DPJ Foundation.

FUW Pembrokeshire county chairman Alun Phillips said: “We literally had a breakfast bonanza here in Pembrokeshire – what a fantastic breakfast week.

"A big thank you to those who provided sponsorship and those who assisted on the days either cooking, serving, washing up or assisting on the door, we couldn’t do it without you.

“This breakfast week was about getting people to sit around a table, enjoying good food, a cuppa and having a chat. Life is so busy we don’t always make enough time for friends, family and neighbours. Just sitting for a short while and having chat - it is really important.

“Mental health, and the work of the DPJ Foundation, is very important to us at the FUW. Farmers and those working in rural communities work long and unsociable hours, in inhospitable conditions and in failing markets, as a result, many are susceptible to feeling lonely and isolated, regardless of age or gender and they represent a population at immense risk of poor mental health.

“I was therefore glad to see over 100 people coming together over the course of the events, sharing their thoughts, worries, and concerns. As a community, we can achieve great things and support each other and I’m really proud of everyone who helped in making these events such a roaring success.”