Specialist farm remembers Benwick lorry driver who lost his life to Covid
A Benwick lorry driver who sadly died of Covid-19 shortly before last Christmas has been remembered by one of the firms he did haulage for.
Glebe Farm Foods, based just outside of Huntingdon, have opened their new grain store this week and have named it after Jason Cowling, who was 41 when he died of the coronavirus.
Jason was a driver with the family's haulage firm Cowling Brothers working alongside his father David and brother Nathan.
Cowling Brothers have worked with Glebe Farm for over 10 years and was well-respected by its owners - the Rayner family.
The farm, which produces specialist gluten-free oats, has built up a strong bond with Jason and his family over the decade they have been its hauliers, so when he died they wanted to do something special to remember him
Jason, who raised thousands of pounds alongside fellow lorry drivers during the pandemic, will be much missed by family, friends, and colleagues alike – and he was given a phenomenal send-off at his local church in Ramsey, which included a large convoy of lorries as part of the funeral procession.
Philip and Rebecca Rayner, the sibling team who own and run Glebe Farm Foods said: “Jason was a really lovely guy. Dependable, reliable, and a pleasure to work with. He will be greatly missed – and we felt it was important to celebrate him by naming our new grain store in his memory.”
The grain store will be used to keep the farm’s gluten-free oats after harvest, and before they are milled and turned into porridge, oat milk and cereal products – and will be an integral part of the farm as it grows.
Jason's proud mum Sue, who along with David was at the farm when the new store was officially named the Jason Cowling Memorial Grain Store said: "We are so pleased that Rebecca and the team have chosen to remember Jason in this way.
"He worked with the family for over 10 years visiting the farm up to three or four times a day to carry its produce and he built up such a great relationship with them. We felt like one big family working with them and so it is marvellous they have done this for him and for us, it means so much."