Katie’s Hessett ‘marshmallow’ crop will create a field of hope for cancer

Katie Mitcham-Henry is growing a field of pink 'marshmallows' (a Field of Hope) at Heath Farm Suffolk in Hessett
Katie Mitcham-Henry is growing a field of pink 'marshmallows' (a Field of Hope) at Heath Farm Suffolk in Hessett
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A woman, who has lost both her mother and aunt to breast cancer, is growing a field of ‘marshmallows’ to help raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK.

Katie Mitcham-Henry’s novel fund-raiser involves covering the haylage she produces for her ewes at Heath Farm Suffolk, in Hessett, in pink wrap – transforming them into giant marshmallows – to celebrate the lives which have been lost to breast cancer.

Katie with one of her named pink-wrapped haylages

Katie with one of her named pink-wrapped haylages

For a suggested £10 donation, members of the public are then being invited to name each of the marshmallows, which will be carried forward as names for her ewe lambs this coming season.

Everyone who gets involved will be invited to her farm when she is lambing in February.

Not only will they get to meet their named lamb but they will also have the opportunity to take part in a service of life and remembrance.

Miss Mitcham-Henry, who has around 250 ewes, said she wanted to raise money but ‘can’t run for toffee’ so decided on a less conventional way of doing it.

Katie with one of her ewes, Minnie the Mule

Katie with one of her ewes, Minnie the Mule

She has dubbed her new marshmallow crop her ‘field of hope’ and hopes to make it an annual fund-raiser.

She said: “I want to grow fields of marshmallows, a field of fantasy, but at the end of it something good will come out of it – new life.”

The 39-year-old, who was only 11 when her mum died, said she had been ‘blown away’ by people’s support and generosity so far.

To donate, visit www.just giving.com/fundraising/Katie-Mitcham