Press Release

5th December 2012


Trethowan’s Dairy Ltd, based in Tregaron, was at the centre of the annual Ceremony of the Christmas Cheeses at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea in London today.

They donated two 4kg pieces of Gorwydd Caerphilly for the Chelsea Pensioners to enjoy this festive season.

The special Christmas ceremony, celebrated today, the 5th of December, dates back to 1692.

The tradition began when the Royal Hospital, Chelsea asked a local cheesemonger to provide the pensioners – retired veterans of the British Army – with cheese as a Christmas treat. Ever since, cheesemakers from all over the country have continued the tradition and donated a selection of cheeses for the Chelsea Pensioners.

This year army veteran and paralympic athlete Derek Derenalagi was on hand to help the pensioners celebrate the festive season.

Derek was on a tour of duty in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, when his car was hit by an IED. He was pronounced dead and placed into a body bag before a medic detected a faint pulse. As a result of his injuries both legs were amputated above the knee. Remarkably, he went on to compete as part of Team GB in this year’s Paralympic games in the Discus event.

The Dairy Council has been organising the donations for over 50 years. They are presented to the in-pensioners during a special ceremony at the Hospital.

Dr Judith Bryans, Director of The Dairy Council, said: “We are very pleased that once again the men and women of the Royal Hospital will enjoy over 200 kilos of fine quality British cheeses throughout this Christmas period. We are always very proud of the generosity that British Cheesemakers show at this time of year donating cheeses to these much loved war veterans. We are also very honoured to have Derek as our guest – a truly inspirational young soldier turned sporting hero.”

Among the pensioners taking part in the ceremony today were Dorothy Hughes, Alexander Murray and Douglas Clarke.

Music was provided for the ceremony Band of Household Division under the Direction of Major Darren Wolfendale.

For further information please contact Chessie da Parma at Media House International on 0207 710 0020.


Notes to editors

Photographs available from Ken Lennox at Kenlennox@btinternet.com

About the Dairy Council

The Dairy Council is a non-profit making organisation that provides evidence-based nutrition information on the role of dairy foods in a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle.



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