Butcher's sausage sale to help soldiers

The Help for Heroes (H4H) charity is to benefit from additional donations thanks to two new varieties of pork sausages that are now being sold in Tesco stores across southern England.

The ‘Hair of the Hog’ and ‘Pickled Pig’ sausages, which are award winning recipes created by A. Turner & Sons Family Butchers in Aldershot, Hampshire, will be sold at 25 Tesco stores to help raise funds for soldiers injured in battle.

To commemorate the occasion a special launch event was held at Turner & Sons’ local Tesco store in Aldershot today. A field kitchen, like those used to feed troops in action, was set up in the car park of the Tesco store where Army chefs cooked up the new sausage varieties – served with mash potato - for customers to try. Customers were asked to donate £1.50 for each meal served, the proceeds of which will go to the H4H charity.

Speaking at the launch event, third generation butcher and joint owner of A. Turner & Sons, Paul Turner, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to bits with how far this project has come. My brother, Kevin, and I have been selling the sausages in our shop for eight years and it’s amazing to think that they are now being sold in Tesco stores across southern England. Our family has a strong connection with the military and I wanted to give something back to them and Tesco really loved the idea.

“My grandfather, Alfred Turner, served with the Royal Army Service Corps for 12 years where he worked in an abattoir. In 1956, when my grandfather left the Army, he decided to open and run a butchers shop from the family home, and that’s where we are still trading from today.

“The military community in our surrounding area, including the Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst, have been buying meat from us for generations and we are now honoured to be supporting their troops in this way. I think my grandfather would be very proud of us too.”

In addition to the contract with Tesco, DBC Foodservice will also be supplying the sausages into various military bases across the country. Furthermore, Paul and Kevin are launching a sister project, ‘Bangers for Cash.’ The scheme, which is also aimed at raising funds for the H4H charity, will be serving up sausage and mash meals for 1,600 troops at military bases all over the country during March. Bpex is sponsoring the supply of sausages and potatoes.

Following the March event, Paul and Kevin then hope to take the project even further by targeting pubs and restaurants and getting them to register to hold a ‘Bangers for Cash’ event and raising money in the same way.

Paul said: “The reaction we’ve had from people about the project has been phenomenal. There is so much we can do and the more money we can raise for the troops, the better.”