Laid With Love supports Macmillan’s ‘The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’

Laid with Love – helping British bakers contribute to the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support.

 The Laid with Love brand of eggs from The Lakes Free Range Egg Company (The Lakes) is helping British bakers create cakes for The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. The annual UK wide event organised by Macmillan Cancer Support takes place on Friday 29th September.

The start of the new series of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ creates an autumn surge in baking which ties in nicely to the ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ event organised to raise funds for Macmillan.

Helen Brass co-owner of The Lakes said, “We believe Laid With Love is the only UK egg brand that supports cancer research so we thought it would be very fitting to donate packs of eggs to people baking for Macmillan Cancer Support’s ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’. This year we have donated the free-range eggs to numerous groups, some out of county, but mainly in Cumbria.

“Working with Sue McDonald, Macmillan’s Fundraising Manager for Cumbria, we have sent eggs to Inglewood Junior School in Carlisle, Macmillan’s Information Centre at the Cumberland Infirmary and Barclays Bank in Penrith.  Our girls attend Austin Friars School in Carlisle and their event always attracts a lot of parents, teachers and pupils so we sent Jane and Emily to school with a case of eggs too.”

Sue McDonald called in to ‘The Lakes’ at Stainton to collect the eggs on her way to meet the Macmillan volunteers and coffee morning hosts. Sue said, “We are very grateful to The Lakes for their generous donation. The Laid With Love eggs have super-yellow yolks and are ideal for baking. I’m really looking forward to eating some of the freshly made cakes on Friday.

“This is the 27th year of ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’. It is our flagship event and this year we are hoping to take the total raised since it began, to over £200 million. This goal is well within sight as we have the perfect ingredients for a successful bake. The public love of #GBBO, volunteers love of baking and the best of British free range eggs donated by Laid With Love.”

British baking at its best – why not cook up a recipe for an event near you? Try the lemony cup cakes on our recipe page.Lemony cupcakes

Anyone looking to attend one of the coffee mornings can find one on the Macmillan coffee morning website.

Laid With Love Eggs are ONLY produced in the UK

medium and large laid with love eggsThe Lakes Free Range Egg Company produces our eggs on BRITISH family farms, so we want to reassure customers and consumers that ALL our eggs are produced in the UK, to the British Lion Quality standard and are perfectly safe to eat. Our producers do not and never have used Fipronil.

The current egg scare does not affect UK eggs so if you only buy Lion approved UK eggs you will be perfectly safe.

Most retailers in the UK buy their liquid egg for baking, quiches etc. from Europe because it is cheap. If you (our consumer) are worried,  then please lobby your retailer to buy British liquid egg.British Lion Code egg

Egg astronauts land safely at school

school at workOur producers love going back to school to help with eggucation! This summer they ensured the primary schoool pupils managed to land their egg astronauts at UCC Science Day. A record number of egg astronauts landed safely at Ullswater Community College (UCC) in Penrith this month – thanks to the careful preparation of parachutes and space capsules by primary school pupils frP1440906om across Eden. The activity was part of the UCC Science Day Taster sessions which help primary school pupils get to know more about secondary school.  Key ingredients for the experiments include eggs and parachutes which were provided by The Lakes Free Range Egg Company (The Lakes) and the Penrith Sainsbury’s store.

Around 370 Year 5 pupils from primary schools around Eden took part in the Science Taster days which give the youngsters chance to discover more about science and the school labs. Whilst the school hopes to encourage future applications for secondary school places, one of the key aims is to ignite a passion for science and exploring new ideas.

Science sessions included identifying ‘DNA’ in strawberries and creating a prototype shuttle that lands a scientist back to earth. The experiments use eggs to replicate an astronaut who is travelling home using a shuttle.  Teams built their shuttles and used the parachutes in a test landing from the school balcony.

Head of Key Stage 3 Science and UCC Science Teacher Alex Ford, who organises the event, said “The egg astronaut topic is always a firm favourite with staff and pupils.  This is the third time we have worked with The Lakes Free Range Egg Company and Sainsbury’s. They are very enthusiastic, coming along, getting involved with the project and making their own space capsule.  We really appreciate their support and are grateful to The Lakes for providing us with a regular supply of free range eggs. Each year we assess the merits of the experiments and egg astronaut feedback is always fantastic so we’ve no plans to change it.”supporting space capsule

Helen Brass from The Lakes Free Range Egg Company said “We love to see young people inspired to learn new things and have chance to talk to them about eggs. This year we took part in the Science Taster on the same day as pupils from North Lakes Primary School, they were very passionate about their experiment and came up with some creative team names relating to eggs including The Yolkers and Team Chicken.

“Opportunities to spend time with local primary and secondary schools are important to ensure youngsters understand where their food comes from and this is the second time we’ve collaborated with Sainsbury’s on activity with North Lakes School.

“Last month a survey by the British Nutritional Foundation revealed some alarming answers from children aged 14 – 16 where 6% thought dairy cows produced eggs.  Fortunately, living in a rural area, most children we speak to do know chickens lay eggs!”

Joining Helen Brass to take part at the Science Taster Day were Sarah Swan and Sue Sharman from Sainsbury’s. Together the trio formed ‘Team Lakesbury’s’ building an astronaut capsule which successfully landed intact. Sarah and Sue said “It was great to see the children really connect with the experiment. They had a wide choice of materials to work with, aiming to use as little as little as possible but still being able to successfully land their capsule without breaking their astronaut. Most eggs landed without a crack. This Taster Day is excellent as it gives children chance to build confidence about secondary school, learn about eggs and a key recycling message too.” Lakesbury's team

In an action packed week-long event, a total of 27 primary schools took part in the Science Taster Days.

Fantastic to win a national environmental award


receiving the CIEEM award

The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) has just held their national awards ceremony at Drapers Hall in London, playing host to leading ecologists, environmental specialists and a select group of shortlisted finalists which included The Lakes Free Range Egg Company (The Lakes).

Speaker at the ceremony was Baroness Young, Chair of The Woodland Trust who discussed implications of Brexit on UK wildlife law. She also highlighted the benefits that trees bring to the environment before presenting the CIEEM Corporate Achievement Award to The Lakes Free Range Egg Company.

The Lakes won the award in recognition of the wide reaching benefits their innovative tree planting schemes have brought to the natural environment, influencing their industry to plant more trees for the improved welfare for over 19.5 million hens, and for their continued development and research into maturing schemes with the Woodland Trust.

The Lakes case study featured in the award programme. It  highlighted that over 150,000 trees have been planted over 600 acres of hen ranges, encouraging free range hens to roam further as well as enticing indigenous and often endangered wildlife to return to farms – these include species like Pipistrelle Bats, Barn Owls and Red Squirrels. One of the key features of the case study is The Lakes long term commitment to planting and research.

The Lakes is three years into a Woodland Trust five year extended ecological survey, aiming to identify the best way forward for future range planting strategies.  This extended project is being organised by Paul Arkle, Farm Environmental Advisor with Cumbria Farm Environment Partnership (CFEP) who nominated The Lakes for the award.  Paul has been working and supporting The Lakes on tree planting and range enrichment for the last twenty years, formerly with FWAG and now with CFEP.

Paul Arkle said “David and Helen have been very committed to range enrichment from day one and that dedication has reaped dividends, but not just for enriching the landscape and improved animal welfare. With two decades of experience, there’s a vital legacy of schemes at different stages, this is helping us gain a greater understanding of how schemes mature over time and how the flora and fauna develop.

“This Woodland Trust survey is only possible because of the long term working relationship our advisors have with The Lakes and their producers and results so far are very promising.  Independent audits highlight 28 different bird species per farm (up to 38 in summer); six of these are species on the Red List (Tree Sparrow, Song Thrush, Lesser Redpoll, Yellow Hammer, Linnet and Starling).  Half the farms now see Barn Owls and other endangered native species like Red Squirrels.  Determining the biodiversity value of planting and developing ranges highlights the sustainability benefits, and others are already following in our planting footsteps.”

David and Helen Brass were keen to recognise that winning this award is the result of a strong collaboration and said “Paul Arkle is an integral part of our team – a twenty year collaboration, sharing the same values, supporting our producers and working with our customers and organisations like the Woodland Trust.P1450109

“Tree planting schemes on the free range hen ranges have presented some unique challenges, not least because of the strong foraging instinct and general curiosity of the hens! As well as better animal welfare there are other, very real and practical benefits for any free range egg producer. Trees planted around the hen sheds intercept ammonia emissions and particulates – helping to protect sensitive sites like nearby semi-natural woodland. They also help reduce nutrient runoff from the hen ranges and help to protect the water quality of streams and rivers.

“A farm without trees would be a poorer place. If I have to give any advice to producers it would be plant more trees, the benefits far outweigh taking part of your land and it makes you feel good to see them grow.”

Horses jump hen fences at trials


Our producers at The Lakes Free Range Egg Co were delighted to continue our sponsorship of the Cumbria Horse Trial Events and were particularly pleased to welcome Sophie Johnson and her lovely horse Ernst to the area for the Novice Regional Final at Warwick Hall on 17th June.

SOPHIE JOHNSONSophie is a close friend of our Sales Director, Bex and travelled with her mum all the way from Nottinghamshire to take part. Sophie took on the ride of Ernst at the end of 2016. At the time he had a reputation for hating ditches, water and anything scary! Through hard work and a different approach Sophie and Ernst are building a bond and earlier this season Sophie took him to Chatsworth where they finished 8th.

The event here at Warwick Hall represented a big step up for Ernst with an Intermediate dressage test, 1.25m show jumping and a very bold XC track to contend with. We are pleased to say he dug deep and jumped his heart out for Sophie with a brilliant double clear to finish 12th in very strong company. Well done Sophie and Ernst and we look forward to welcoming you back here in Cumbria again.

Our egg producers are raising money for Ronald McDonald House Manchester

Team Lakes for Gladiator challengeWe’re proud of what our producers are doing for charity this week!

A team of twenty staff and family from The Lakes Free Range Egg Company are flocking to take part in the Gelt Gladiator Challenge – the first ‘mud challenge’ of the year in Cumbria. The Lakes team is raising money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) which provides free accommodation to families with children receiving treatment in hospital. Ronald McDonald House in Manchester is the closest to The Lakes, so they will be sending all donations to Manchester.

Teams from The Lakes regularly take part in CRUK Race For Life events, but this is the first time staff from right across the factory have joined together for an endurance challenge. The Gelt Gladiator event is in its third year, with 4,500 people and 400 teams having taken part in the past.

The Lakes team is taking part in the Sunday 3K fun event designed for all the family. It includes fifteen obstacles with names that include local landmarks like Hadrian’s Wall, Scafell Pike and Giant Haystacks, as well as more tortuous names like Sink or Swing, Great Balls, Shocker, Ice Plunge and Mud Bomb.

Helen Brass, joint owner of The Lakes Free Range Egg Company said “We’ve supported the Ronald McDonald House Charities for over a decade.  They have fourteen ‘houses’ across the country that enable families with children in hospital to stay together in a “home from home”. In May 2012 Ronald McDonald House Manchester opened its doors, supporting families with children receiving treatment in the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and St Mary’s Neonatal Unit.

“There are 61 en-suite rooms and equipped with things any family would need including lounges, self-catering kitchens, play areas and laundry facilities.  Ronald McDonald House Manchester is the nearest to our business and in 2016, the house helped 768 families stay close to their children in hospital. We decided at Christmas that Manchester is where we wanted to focus our fundraising.”

Little did the team know that just a month before the event, Manchester would be devastated by the Ariana Grande concert bomb leading to many young people needing hospital treatment. Helen Brass and girls

Helen Brass commented “many of our staff have children who are the same age as those affected by the bomb, so raising money for Manchester House is even more poignant.  McDonald’s have kindly supplied us with our t-shirts which are currently white, but by the finish line, the team they will be a sea of brown. The event is a great opportunity for us all to get together and make a difference too – bring on the mud.”

The event takes place on Sunday 11th June; anyone wishing to make a donation to The Lakes Team should contact Helen Brass on 01768 890 460.

CBBC programme filmed at our producer farm

ready to gather hens

Our producers at The Lakes Free Range Egg Company, are always looking for ways to engage with the younger generation, encouraging them to think about where their food comes from, the benefits of free range eggs and the improved welfare of the hens that lay them.

The approach from programme makers for the BBC Children’s channel CBBC was a perfect opportunity to show how free range egg production works and how it makes a difference.

The Lakes featured in the fifth and final part of a series called Show Me What You’re Made Of. The programme films five children who work alongside people in the UK who make things they rely on in everyday life. This episode visited The Lakes Free Range Egg Company so children could see how free range eggs are produced and packed for the retailer shelves.

 Link to the program Show Me What You’re Made Of  

The Lakes owners Helen and David Brass worked alongside presenter Stacey Dooley to assess the performance of the children in a series of tasks. The programme began with a first test – which demonstrated to Helen that they could calmly and safely catch a hen.gathering hens for night

The children learned that The Lakes have over 135,000 hens in 18 flocks that can wander outdoors and into the shelter of trees, so an obvious second test was to take the children outdoors. The task was to gather in one flock of hens for the evening, returning them to their night time house. The task normally takes two people ½ hour, but it took the 5 children over an hour to complete. They said it was harder than they imagined, but they did get organised in the end.

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On day two the children gathered and packed eggs

The next test was to gather eggs that had been freshly laid. The machines were slowed down to help and they managed to gather 2,300 of their target 5,000 eggs.

The final task was to pack egg boxes coming off the factory lines. Again this was quite a challenge but the children did really well, packing the six crates with great speed and efficiency.

Back in the Boardroom, Stacey asked Helen which of the children she would be prepared to employ if they were 18. Helen was pleased to say all would be offered work – even Lucas, who would need extra supervision! Lucas beamed at the news.

The award for star employee went to Maddie – it was the first time she has received promotion during the series and Helen chose her because “she had come furthest on the journey.”

All the children found their visit of great interest and Tom commented “I’m going to open an egg with more passion next time!”

Parents were interviewed about how their children had changed and Lucas’ parents said they felt he had become more responsible and caring, other parents had similar comments.

David and Helen Brass who own The Lakes Free Range Egg Company said “We were pleased to be able to highlight free range egg production to such a young audience. CBBC’s core audience is primary school children aged 6 to 12-years-old and the beauty of a TV program like this is that if you miss it, you can watch it again on Catch Up or on the CBBC You Tube page.  Around a quarter of their viewers watch programs on line at a later date – that’s huge.


“We spend time in our local primary schools, but Show Me What You’re Made Of enabled us to hit a much wider audience. Our schools are rural, so most have an understanding where food comes from, but Show Me What You’re Made Of will be watched by thousands of children from towns and cities, many of whom don’t really know the field to fork story.

“We really enjoyed the experience and learned a lot from the questions the youngsters asked. The fact that they went home and appreciated how much effort goes into getting their breakfast eggs on the table is also very rewarding.”

bosses say yes  Maddie delighted

Henergising the girls – powering the Tuk Tuk challenge

P1440600Our Laid With Love brand of free range eggs supports cancer research – we donate 2p per dozen eggs sold. But we always like to do more. That’s why we use our brand to support other cancer charities and fund raisers – like the Beijing Biddies Tuk Tuk Challenge.

We caught up with the Beijing Biddies when they visited Tesco in Carlisle to accept our £4000 donation for Cancer Research UK (see story below). Their store manager Phil Pearson was kind enogh to help the Biddies with thier shopping for their tuk tuk challenge too.

                               Beijing Biddies set off from Carlisle       fuel for the journey           down the road

Four intrepid women are tourning the UK to raise money for Cancer Reseach UK and Macmillan Cancer Support. They’re travelling 1100 miles in 16 days in two Tuk Tuks (motorised three-wheeled rickshaws). Now if you’ve ever seen one, you’ll know they’re not very fast and there’s not much protection against the elements. We’re powering these fab four by making sure they have eggs for breakfast every day.

We’ve been following their progress as they ‘nipped’ up to Edinburgh, before heading south,  stopping off to visit cancer centres and hospitals on a route that will take them around Scotland, England and into Wales.  We’re proud to support them in their quest to raise £100,000 – and at around £80,000 so far, they’re well on their way. If you’d like to support their journey with a donation, visit the Beijing Biddies website.

Tesco and Laid With Love boost funds for CRUK

laid With Love and Tesco present cheque to CRUK

We’re tickled pink! Healthy egg sales are helping in the fight against cancer, thanks to money donated from our ‘pink’ laid With Love®  brand of eggs.  Tesco shoppers putting Laid With Love® eggs into their trollies are helping raise a healthy sum for cancer research – the latest donation of £4,000 has been handed over to Cancer Research UK.

Laid with Love® free-range eggs from The Lakes Free Range Egg Company at Stainton, were originally launched in Cumbrian Tesco stores and have since been rolled out to a growing number of Tesco stores across the North West. The brand pledges to donate 2p per dozen to cancer research and the late st cheque for £4,000 was presented to Cancer Research UK at the Tesco Carlisle store.

Tesco Carlisle Store Manager Phil Pearson has always been a keen advocate of this egg brand, supporting it from the earliest launch days; Phil said “Laid With Love is a fantastic product; the eggs are produced locally, have a great taste and puts raising money for cancer research firmly on our shelves. Our staff is very much behind supporting cancer research too and we always see the Laid With Love team at the Cancer Research UK Race for Life.”

The Laid With Love® brand was created by The Lakes Free Range Egg Company at Stainton near Penrith; they work with local producers in and around Cumbria. The hens are fed on an enriched diet that includes Lutein (a Marigold extract), which is a natural anti-oxidant; research indicates positive health benefits of Lutein – fighting everything from cancer prevention to eyesight problems and aging.


David Brass Chief Executive at the Lakes Free Range Egg Company said “We wanted to develop a brand that delivers on lots of levels, from ensuring the best ethical and environmental provenance to creating a really healthy, tasty egg, and going even further by supporting cancer research. Eggs have become a ‘superfood’, part of our everyday healthy diet – that means over 34 million eggs are now eaten each day. It’s very encouraging for Laid With Love because people are more likely to switch to a brand that donates to charity.”

The balance of donations to Cancer Research UK collected from the Tesco sales has grown again – this latest cheque takes the Tesco/Laid With Love® donation balance to £7,500.

Natasha Patel, Local Fundraising Manager for Cancer Research UK said “We would like to say a huge thank you to Laid With Love for their generous donation of £4,000, which will contribute towards our vital research that is helping to beat cancer sooner.”

Cheque from Laid With Love sales in Tesco

Picture: Cancer Research UK Cumbrian representatives (Liz Tinkler, Helen Stobart and Edwina  Sorkin) receive the £4,000 donation from Tesco Rosehill Store team  Phil Pearson (Manager) and Kelly Crombie, with Helen Brass – Company Secretary of The Lakes Free Range Egg Co who produce the Laid With Love® eggs.

Environmental Leadership: producer is shortlisted for National Award during Responsible Business Week

Brass family with free range hensThe Lakes Free Range Egg Company (The Lakes) who produce and distribute our eggs from Penrith in Cumbria is celebrating after being shortlisted for the UK’s longest running and most prestigious awards programme, championing responsible business in the UK and abroad. The Lakes is a keen advocate of The Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards, and has won national recognition in the past for their strong sustainable supply chain.

Now in their 20th year, the BITC Awards champion the most inspiring businesses who are making a difference by taking action to build more inclusive workplaces, stronger communities and tackle our biggest environmental challenges.

Today’s announcement coincides with Responsible Business Week (24-28 April), an annual initiative aimed at increasing awareness of the positive contribution of businesses to society.

The Lakes Free Range Egg Company has been shortlisted for the Environmental Leadership Award in recognition that environmental best practice is core to their business and part of a holistic approach that they share with wider industry. Laid WIth Love and Lakes egg brands

Commenting David Brass, Chief Executive Officer at The Lakes Free Range Egg Company said: “As a family led business, to be shortlisted for Environmental Leadership alongside Blue Chip organisations like British Sugar, Siemens, The National Grid, Anglian Water Services and Wm Morrison’s is a huge achievement in itself.

“Our story began twenty years ago when, from day one, we planted trees to improve our hen ranges.  We’ve always believed that excellence in animal welfare and environmental best practice go hand in hand, it’s something our free range hens demonstrate every day.

“Since then we have worked in partnership with customers like McDonald’s to scientifically prove planting trees is beneficial to hen welfare and we’ve influenced others to follow the same best practice. As well as enhancing our environment, our sustainability model also includes investment in technologies and processes to cut our carbon footprint. We’re proud to lead by example on the three E’s (ethical, environmental and economic), promoting a holistic approach to sustainability that has helped cut our carbon footprint to zero. It’s also something we’re keen to promote to the public on the packaging of our two brands – ‘The Lakes’ and ‘Laid With Love’.”

Chief Executive of Business in the Community, Amanda Mackenzie, said: “We want all businesses to be a force for good in the community, and being shortlisted means that The Lakes Free Range Egg Company can inspire many more companies to be part of the responsible business movement, so that together we can work for a fairer society and a more sustainable future.”

The winners of all ten categories, including the Responsible Business of the Year will be announced at the Responsible Business Gala Dinner at the Royal Albert Hall on 4 July, in front of 1,200 business leaders. The headline sponsors of the 2017 Responsible Business Awards are Experian, Unilever, UPS, Aviva, Barclays, Fujistu, UBS, Unipart Group.

To find out more about Responsible Business Week 2017 visit or search for the hashtag #RBweek.