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£34,480raised of £50,000 target by 765 supporters

    Weʼve raised £34,480 to Save The Errington Cheeses and defend artisan cheesemakers

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    Funded on Friday, 24th February 2017

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    The authorities have closed down Errington Cheese in Lanarkshire, the small, highly respected family-run company that pioneered raw milk cheesemaking in Scotland. It makes Lanark & Dunsyre Blue, Corra Linn, and other cheeses
    Food Standards Scotland alleged that some batches of Errington cheese were implicated in food poisoning outbreaks yet it has not produced any evidence to support this charge.
    The agency also continues to reiterate its belief that raw (unpasteurised) milk cheese is more dangerous than pasteurised although the most recent robust scientific study clearly shows that this is not the case.
    The Errington family is fighting this injustice in court. Legal costs are high and presently being borne by them. But since they have been stopped from selling their cheese, their resources to fight this crucial test case are limited.
    Can you make a donation towards the Erringtons' legal costs and help us ensure a future for all our raw cheesemakers?




    • Joanna Blythman

      Joanna Blythman

      a month ago

      Joanna Blythman

      Thanks to each and every one of you 700+ generous, supportive people who have donated, some twice, even thrice, as the last hours of this appeal tick by we have raised an outstanding, totally unprecedented £33k. Humphrey and Selina Errington are deeply touched by your support. It strengthens their resolve to keep fighting not only for their cheeses, but also for a fair hearing and appeals process for all small companies that face this type of challenge. For future updates, please follow me @JoannaBlythman and @CDArtisanFood on Twitter Thanks!

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    • Joanna Blythman

      Joanna Blythman

      a month ago

      Joanna Blythman

      NEWS! Case starts in Sheriff Court 24 March. Thanks to you and over 700 others, we've raised a totally incredible £32,522, which will help pay costs. This crowd funder must end in two days. We're having one last push to get that figure higher still. Spread the word if you can. Even last £1 counts. And thanks again for your tremendous support already.

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    • Joanna Blythman

      Joanna Blythman

      2 months ago

      Joanna Blythman

      We do, however, have to wind up this crowd funder by 24th February. Your invaluable support has helped us raise an amazing sum so far. But please, encourage everyone you know to dig deep and donate. This is a pivotal case for the future of artisan food, not only in Scotland, but also further afield.

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    • christopher donohue

      christopher donohue

      Feb 24, 2017

      We need your fine cheese. Keep up the good fight!


    • Leila McAlister

      Leila McAlister

      Feb 24, 2017

      Thank you for taking on the powers that be, please win so that we can buy delicious, wholesome, non-industrial things to eat


    • John Harper

      John Harper

      Feb 24, 2017

      To help find the truth about this case.


    About the fundraiser
    Joanna Blythman

    Joanna Blythman


    I'm a food journalist/author who believes access to real, fresh food is every citizen's entitlement. We must defend the small, artisan producers that make them for us. The Erringtons have asked me to raise funds @JoannaBlythman http://www.joannablythmanwriting.com/index.html

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