Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

Win an award-winning turkey this Christmas

Andy Hopkinson | 4th December 2020

Many of you will have seen our trustee Rod Adlington on the telly the other week when the popular Sunday evening show Countryfile visited his turkey farm in the West Midlands

Meningitis Now Trustee Rod Adlington's fundraising turkey raffle

Rod chatted to presenter and old friend Adam Henson about how preparations for Christmas are different this year, with the possibility of a limit on family gatherings.

But he still urged people to order their usual size of turkey and plan to make the most of it.

If the programme whet your appetite for your traditional Christmas lunch this year why not also try your luck in Rod’s turkey raffle? All proceeds from the raffle will support our lifesaving and life-changing work.

Worth £88 each

Rod is generously giving away a 7kg award-winning bronze free-range turkey to three lucky winners. The turkeys, which retail at £88 each normally, could be yours for just £5.

All you need to do to enter is donate £5 on the JustGiving page and forward your donation email to

You will then receive an email ‘raffle’ ticket to confirm your entry and your individual ticket number. If you’d like to enter more than once, simply make multiple £5 donations.

The lucky winners will be chosen on Friday 11 December and the prize turkeys will be delivered anywhere within the UK.

Meningitis Now Trustee Rod Adlington's fundraising turkey raffle

Really grateful

Our Partnerships Manager, Sarah Ramsay, said:  “We’re really grateful to Rod for everything he’s doing to support our cause and wish everyone entering the raffle good luck.”

For those of you who missed Countryfile the programme is well worth a watch and available on the BBC iPlayer.

In it Rod tells Adam, “You can see the space our turkeys have to roam and how they are looked after. After that loving care and attention, we’re urging people to still order their usual size of turkey this year and plan to make the most of it.

“Turkey is one of, if not the healthiest thing you’ll eat this Christmas, so make sure you have plenty. We have some left over turkey recipes available on our website and don’t forget turkey keeps in your freezer for up to two years.”

Celebrating Barney’s life

Rod and his family have been supporters of our work since losing his son Barney to meningitis in 2005.

“In celebrating Barney’s life we are hoping to raise as much money as possible, whilst also raising awareness of the symptoms of meningitis to reduce the impact of this awful disease,” Rod added.

Read Barney’s story here.

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