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Young Farmers raise more than £7,000 in unofficial ‘DIY’ Blackpool weekend

Online donations are being split between The Air Ambulance Service and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

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Young farmers raise more than £7,000 in unofficial ‘DIY’ weekend

Revellers attending the unofficial young farmer Blackpool ‘DIY AGM’ descended in their thousands this bank holiday weekend, smashing a £7,000 fundraising target for charity.

 

The three-day event, organised by 20-year-old Yorkshire farmer John Houseman, hosted about 3,500 youngsters at its peak on the Saturday (May 4), with online donations going towards The Air Ambulance Service and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

 

At the time Farmers Guardian went to press on Wednesday (May 8), donations were at £3,684 and £3,458.50 respectively.


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Attendees and venue owners were quick to flood to the event’s Facebook page to thank party-goers for the weekend.

 

Many of the group were sporting polo shirts designed by young farmers with the logo ‘The young farming community – Blackpool 2019’.

 

Success

Prior to the event the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (NFYFC) issued a statement on its Facebook page suggesting any individuals wearing YFC or NFYFC branded clothing did not represent the organisation, and that use of the NFYFC logo was ‘not sanctioned to be put on display or to be worn during the weekend’.

 

Mr Houseman said: “I think it is fair to say that was a success. Plenty of us, plenty of beers and everyone behaved spot on.

 

“We are very keen for next year.”

 

To donate, click here for The Air Ambulance Service and click here for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

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