Farming communities are known for pulling together and raising money for good causes up and down the country. Danusia Osiowy looks at some of the recent great work.
Three farmers’ daughters have spearheaded an ambitious fundraising campaign to help fellow farmers who are experiencing times of hardship.
Lisa Oakes, 23, Catherine Bull, 21, and Hannah Crawford, 22, raised thousands of pounds following their appointment as the Cheshire YFC dairy queen and maids.
As part of their 12-month roles, the trio are responsible for encouraging new members to raise money for charity.
Hannah, from Lach Denis, Northwich, says: “We decided to support Cheshire Agricultural Chaplaincy, the Cheshire branch of the Farming Community Network [FCN]. This charity supports farming families and members of the rural community in their time of need and is one which is close to our hearts.”
A charity ball in Wigtownshire raised more than £11,000 for the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institute (RSABI).
Welcoming 155 guests, the event was held at the Green Valley Golf Academy, Castle Kennedy, Dumfries and Galloway.
RSABI provides practical support and financial assistance to individuals and their families in the agricultural sector.
Raising money at a country rally and a Dairy Queen Ball, which welcomed 400 past and present YFC members, the ladies also sold a charity recipe book featuring more than 200 recipes at events and farm shops across the county. Their combined fundraising efforts saw a total of £14,000 raised for the charity, which is open every day of the year.
“We were amazed at the total we raised and felt so proud to present it to such a fantastic organisation, which we hope will be there for many years to come should farmers and their families in Cheshire ever need to call on their support,” says Hannah.
A vintage tea party brought a local community together and raised almost £4,000 for The Louise Hartley Memorial Fund.
More than 250 people attended the tea party, organised by Nickie Hopwood, which featured a raffle offering prizes including artisan hampers, a bespoke print from Northumbrian artist Mary Ann Rogers, Farmers Guardian goodies, vouchers and holiday breaks.
Nickie, a friend to Louise for many years, says: “We wanted to give a little back to Louise’s memory. Our community didn’t disappoint and the day couldn’t have gone any better.”
Dairy farmer’s daughter and former FG livestock journalist Louise lost her battle with a rare form of ovarian cancer last year.
Family and friends continue to raise money for the fund, established after the community rallied together to pay for pioneering treatment at The Christie Hospital.
A team from Scottish chartered surveyor Davidson and Robertson has won the 2017 Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RSABI) Great Glen Challenge, helping raise £50,000 for the rural charity.
Fiona Mackay, Kirsten Tait, Murray Philp, Derek Bathgate and Martin Hall won the multisports competition, which sees teams mountain bike, kayak, trek and run the 26.2-mile route from Fort Augustus, Loch Ness, to Banavie, Fort William, including a 1,500-metre (5,000ft) ascent in just 12 hours.
Teams The competition took place on Friday, August 25, and saw 108 competitors in 27 teams from the Scottish agricultural and rural business sector battle through Scotland’s toughest trekathon. The teams of four competitors, each backed by a support driver, mountain biked, kayaked, walked and ran their way down the Great Glen against the clock.
Funds raised will be used by the charity to provide financial assistance, support and a telephone helpline to improve the lives of individuals and their dependants who had been associated with land-based employment in Scotland. So far, this year’s event has raised £38,000, although donations are open for a few more weeks and organisers aim to reach £50,000.
Since the launch of RSABI Great Glen Challenge five years ago, the event has raised close to £200,000, allowing RSABI to provide emotional and financial assistance to individuals and their families in the agricultural sector.
Incident RSABI’s Paul Tinson, who founded the event in 2012 and co-ordinated this year’s challenge, says: “The race itself wasn’t without incident this year.
“From one case of heat exhaustion to a dunk in the canal at the end, the participants kept all our volunteer stewards on their toes through the race. “Thankfully, all 108 competitors made it home and, unlike previous years, nobody got lost en route.”
Staff at a Devon farm shop have taken off their clothes to raise money for a local charity. Workers at Millers Farm, Axminster, Exeter, took part in a naked photo shoot to raise money for youth mental health charity The Project.
Kieran Marshall, who helped organise the shoot, says: “We chose The Project as mental health is a huge issue among young people. “It can be a very sad world, so this calendar is a great excuse to have some fun, while also highlighting we are all real people, with varying body shapes and sizes and we all had the courage to bare all.”
The calendar has already sold 60 of its first print run of 200 copies.
Welsh farmers have raised more than £39,000 following two years of ambitious fundraising. Events included breakfast functions, walks and bingo nights to help the British Heart Foundation (BHF).
Presenting the cheque to BHF Cymru, Farmers’ Union of Wales president Glyn Roberts highlights the importance of the charity.
He says: “Their work is vital in saving lives and their research into heart disease must continue as 25 people in Wales lose their lives to cardiovascular disease each day. “The money raised will help BHF Cymru continue its pioneering research which is central to discovering vital treatments for people living with these conditions.”
A diary farming family held a garden party to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Rebecca Fielding, Blackburn, Lancashire, hosted the Pimm’s in the Pasture event with her family.
Rebecca, a joint winner of Family Farm of the Year at the 2015 British Farming Awards, co-organised by Farmers Guardian, says: “We chose Macmillan as everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer. “The weather has been wet all summer but we imagined everyone sat in the sun, in the field drinking Pimm’s and having a nice time.”
But days before the event, strong winds and heavy rain left a large tear in the roof of one marquee, while another was blown across the field. Undeterred, the family carried on. “We weren’t convinced anyone would turn up.
“Our only other disaster was when Pip, our sheepdog, ate all four trifles which had been put in the garage.
But we had a fantastic night and everyone enjoyed the bands.”
With a raffle, an auction and a tombola, the farm welcomed 250 people and raised more than £3,300.