Two farming charities are £780 better off thanks to Somerset’s ‘Summer Sizzler’, a fundraiser held in a former calving shed that attracted around 1,000 people.
The NFU helped to organise the Sizzler in July at Walnut Barn farm in Hutton belonging to Mark Orchard. Mark’s son James is chair of Weston & Banwell YFC, who joined forces with the NFU to put on the event.
Live music and a hog roast helped pulled in the locals, with the YFC receiving bar takings and additional profits being divided between R.A.B.I and the Farming Community Network (FCN).
This week, both charities were presented with cheques for £395 at a presentation ceremony held at R.A.B.I’s residential care home in Burnham-on-Sea, Beaufort House.
Mike House, the local representative for the North West Somerset group of the NFU, said: “We always hold a summer event to get farmers and families together and we like to support our two favourite farming charities, R.A.B.I and FCN.”
Paul Burrows, C.E.O of R.A.B.I, said: “Farming can be a volatile industry with many factors linked to profitability beyond the control of the farmer. R.A.B.I exists to help people through the tough times but in order to do that we rely on heavily on our fabulous voluntary supporters, who do so much to raise funds on our behalf. We are extremely grateful to everyone who helped put on the Summer Sizzler.”
Pictured left to right, Malcolm Thomas (chairman of R.A.B.I), Mark Orchard, James Orchard, Mike House, Paul Frost (NFU branch chairman), Mark Stanley-Smith (representing the Farming Community Network).