Offering a helping hand

Macmillan 2017

On Friday 29th September Farmer & Dyer held their annual Macmillan cake and coffee morning and again there was an excellent show of people.

Damian said Ďthis year, as ever, all the bakers made a fine contribution and everyone who arrived was treated to some really superb cakes. I would like to personally thank all the companies who donated the fantastic raffle prizes and we are delighted to announce we have raised £1920.

Since 2011, Farmer & Dyer have now raised almost £7000 and will continue helping Macmillan Cancer Support with their deserving cause.

Emmer Green Signpost 2017

The current Emmer Green signpost along Buckingham Drive had been showing signs of wear and deterioration so EGRA ( Emmer Green Residents Assín) stepped in and contacted us to help to give the sign a new lease of life. We were happy to be involved and contribute towards the costs of jet cleaning the sign and repair.




CADRA Ė 50 Year Anniversary 2017

In October this year, CADRA ( Caversham and District Residents Assín) celebrated their 50th anniversary and they wanted to mark this occasion with a lasting legacy. We were delighted to help with the cost of planting a super Copper Beech tree along the riverside grounds near the war memorial by Caversham Bridge.

CADRA has become a widely respected voice for the community north of the river and their aim is to "preserve and enhance the quality of life in Caversham and the surrounding District" or in other words that Caversham should always be: Ďa great place to liveí.


MacMillan 2014

We were determined to beat last years efforts by raising more than £1500. So we called and cajoled lots of local businesses and contacts to help raise a range of fantasic prizes for our raffle which accompanied the MacMillan Coffee & Cake morning.

Ably assisted by Michelle Taylor from The MacMillan Trust the F&D team eventually had over 40 raffle prizes to offer including Tea at The Ritz, a Sumsung tablet, a rowing experience with Team GB rowers in Henley, ipods, merchandise from Mercedes Benz and £100 vouchers for Marks & Spencer and John Lewis to name a few.

We estimated that over 100 people visited the office and helped smash last years total. We were delighted to raise £2377 and, not only that, but we also had a superb array of scrummy cakes and fancies to devour.

Captains Charity Day

F&D were delighted to be involved again with Reading Golf Clubís Captainís Charity Day in August 2014. We were more than happy to donate to the winner of the nearest to the pin on the 11th hole a case of wine.




Caversham Community First Responders

For the last 6 months of 2012 Farmer & Dyer donated a monthly contribution of our sales income to the Caversham Community First Responder (CFR) Scheme , a team of volunteers who work with South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) to provide early and often vital intervention for patients suffering life-threatening medical emergencies solely in the Caversham and Emmer Green area.

Farmer & Dyer were delighted to have raised £1012 for the CFR scheme which responded to over 400 calls in 2012. This money has been used to provide valuable financial assistance to help fund a response kit for the Caversham scheme including an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

If anyone is interested in volunteering as a CFR please telephone 0800 587 0207 or email

Macmillan Cancer Support

Over the last 2 years we have held an annual coffee morning and in 2013 the staff really embraced the event in September, incorporating a superb selection of tempting cakes along with raffle prizes, kindly donated by many local businesses, including a Samsung Galaxy tablet, vouchers for local restaurants and shops, Sony docking station, hair and beauty treatments, a golf day, champagne, wines and beers. The turnout from clients and friends was almost overwhelming and we were delighted to announce that we raised £1364.

Caversham Map

During a property valuation in 2012 Partner, Damian Farmer, noticed a superb framed colour map of Caversham Heights hanging on a dining room wall.

The map was immediately striking, in colour, marking out 159 plots for future development in the area bounded from the Woodcote Rd to Kidmore Rd and Highmoor Rd to Harrogate Rd. On the map, which we believe dates to around 1900, it is fabulously headed as the ĎPlan of the choice Freehold Building Estate Situate on the Breezy Caversham Heights near Readingí. It was not a map that appeared to be that well known.

After discussions with the owners and due to the rarity of the map, Farmer & Dyer agreed to help get the map printed, with the kind help of VGL, and generate sales with our local contacts.

All proceeds from the map sales would be donated to CIRDIC (Churches in Reading Drop In Centre), a local charity based in Berkeley Ave, Reading, who are dedicated to serving some of the most disadvantaged people in the local community.

We are pleased to have raised £530 to a local charity that is always in need of funds. If you are able to help please visit

Road to Rio

In a different way, Farmer & Dyer are proud to support another local cause for the next 3 years in the form of local sportsman, Sam Townsend. He was a member of the Team GB rowing squad at London 2012 and was an Olympic Finalist in the Men's Double Scull, placing 5th.

As much as Samís funding for the next Olympics are derived from the sports grants and sports lottery funding, the 4 year build up to Rio 2016 is a long and often expensive journey, with him needing to purchase an Empacher, a top line racing boat of his own, for this Olympic cycle. So Farmer & Dyer stepped in to help Samís purchase and aid his quest for medals at the next Olympics.

As one of the rowers in the Team GB menís quad, Caversham based, Sam has been competing around the world and in September 2013 they entered the World Championships in South Korea. We were delighted to report that Sam created history as part of the first GB menís quad to medal at a World Championship when they finished third. Not even Messrs Redgrave or Pinsent can lay claim to this! It was his first ever medal at a major Championship and it followed Samís success at the Henley Regatta 2013 when he won The Queens Challenge Cup in July.

We will follow Samís trials and tribulations and will regularly post news and his progress.

Race for Life

There was a tremendous effort made by TEAM F&D in the Race for Life charity run at Prospect Park, Reading.

On July 21st 2013 Prospect Park was awash with a sea of pink as friends, family and colleagues took part in the 5km walk & run with many wearing fairy wings, tutus and wigs to liven up the day.

The turnout was superb with over 4000 woman and girls whose lives have been touched by cancer joined together to raise thousands of pounds for Cancer Research UK.

The charity now hosts 200 events across the UK each year with thousands of women raising around £30-£40 million a year.