Farmers guardian has joined forces with JCB to raise money to help young people achieve their farming dreams. A unique JCB Loadall Agri Pro, built entirely by 68 of the manufacturer’s apprentices, will be sold at auction.
The auction will open on JCB’s website at 10am on Friday December 1 and will close at 12pm on Friday December 15. The money raised will be donated to the Louise Hartley Scholarship Fund and R.A.B.I.
The six-month project to build the bespoke 40th anniversary edition of the popular telescopic handler was overseen by Chris Morris, JCB’s apprenticeship adviser. It is the industry’s first telescopic handler to combine characteristics of powershift and hydrostatic drives.
Money donated to R.A.B.I will be used to assist farming people suffering from mental health issues. Danusia Osiowy, Farmers Guardian head of features, said: “Research has shown mental health issues remain prominent in farming, among those in rural communities. With increasing pressures on farmers and their families, we want to help facilitate the necessary help they need to get better.”
Charlie, a JCB apprentice who worked on the project, added: “It was great to be part of a big team and an opportunity to meet and work with other apprentices in different parts of the business and understand what they do. The apprenticeship has offered a great way of getting into JCB and opportunities to progress to a higher level.”
The Louise Hartley Scholarship Fund helps young people progress in farming, via scholarships. It’s the legacy of former Farmers Guardian journalist Louise Hartley, who passed away in July 2016 after a short battle with ovarian cancer.
To place a bid on the loadall, please visit JCB’s website here: https://www.jcb.com/en-gb/auction.
Pictured above are (left to right) JCB apprentice Charlie Trotter, JCB apprenticeship adviser Chris Morris, R.A.B.I corporate development manager Suzy Deeley, R.A.B.I fundraising & development coordinator Verenique Beviere and JCB apprentice Kyle Hare at Countryfile Live.
Pictured on the right are (left to right) Charlie Trotter, Kyle Hare, R.A.B.I Welfare Manager Lynne Powell and R.A.B.I Welfare Executive Nicky Busby.