For a summer holiday with a difference, Jack Walton, then head boy at Worcestershire’s Hanley Castle High School, decided to visit all of the UK’s livestock markets to raise money for R.A.B.I and RSABI.
Jack’s journey took him from Dingwall Livestock Market in Scotland to Truro Livestock Market in Cornwall. In total, he visited around 20 markets over six weeks – auctioning off one pen of lambs during each stop and arranging for the marts to donate their commission from those sales to his chosen charities.
His efforts raised £7,317, earning him a special trustees’ prize at the recent R.A.B.I awards.
Jack said: “Last summer, my mum said to me: ‘what are you going to do, you can’t work on the farm all summer’.
“I said: ‘why don’t I visit every market in the country’ as a joke. I then realised that I could do it, so I thought I’d do it for charity.
“It’s a real honour to be given this award. I look forward to raising more money for R.A.B.I.”
Jack is currently studying at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester and has been elected student union chairman. He participates enthusiastically in the RAG (raising and giving) society and intends to make R.A.B.I one of the nominated charities for the fundraising group.
Pictured above are Lord Plumb (left) with John Kinnaird, chairman of RSABI, and Jack Walton (right).