A teenager and budding auctioneer from Worcestershire has smashed his fundraising target to raise money for two rural charities.
Jack’s journey started at Dingwall and Highlands Livestock Auction Mart in Invernesshire back on July 19 and finished at Truro in Cornwall.
Sponsored by the Three Counties Agricultural Society, his journey has raised money for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I) and the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.S.A.B.I)
Coupled with an exhibition highlighting the work of the two charities, Jack auctioned off one pen of fat lambs with the market’s commission being donated to the fund.
He visited 24 auction marts including Stirling, Hexham, Clitheroe, Worcester, Hereford, Salisbury, Acklington and many more in-between.
Commenting on the completion of his challenge and journey, Jack said: “I am completely overwhelmed with the response I have received throughout the summer.
“I have met the most wonderful people, auctioned some tremendous livestock and I am very grateful to all the marts that have supported me and to everyone who has donated so generously to the charities.
“The last six weeks has been an experience that I will never forget and has certainly cemented what I know are the foundations for a career in auctioneering.”
Inspired by his Grandfather, renowned Suffolk breeder, Michael Walton from Roseden Farm in Northumberland, Jack has always had a keen interest in livestock marketing.
The first year student is studying rural land management at the Royal Agricultural University and added: “For as long as I can remember I’ve loved attending livestock marts with my Grandfather and was always itching to have a go on the rostrum.
“My journey not only raised a significant amount of money for charity, but also gave me the opportunity to meet people within the industry and gain knowledge and experience.”