A flock of of over 70 Dorset sheep are grinning and baa-ring it since their fleeces were turned pink.
The Udder Farm Shop near Gillingham dyed their flock pink in tribute to breast cancer awareness month. The shop is also selling pink cakes and serving drinks in pink cups at the deli counter throughout October, with a percentage of all proceeds going to the Breast Care Clinic at Salisbury Hospital.
Jane Down, the farm shop owner has a very personal reason for wanting to do her bit to help highlight the cause, as she is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
She said: “Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the UK – 1 in 8 women will develop it in their lifetime, as I have. It’s a horrible and frightening disease but the good news is that, thanks to things like Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the hard work of research organisations and treatment centres, people are catching it early and getting treatment and over 85% now survive breast cancer beyond five years.
“We are so grateful for all the support and care provided by the Breast Care Clinic in Salisbury that we wanted to do something to help raise awareness of the disease and to raise some money to support the fantastic work that they do at the hospital. If our pink sheep can help to encourage a few more women to check their breasts and if our pink cakes can raise a few pounds for the clinic, then that’s great.”
The pink sheep can be seen grazing in the fields alongside The Udder Farm Shop and Café now. Staff will also be participating in the national ‘Wear it Pink’ day on Friday 21 October. The sheep have been coloured ewe-sing an animal environmentally-friendly natural dye.