(l-r) David Anderson from R.A.B.I. North Yorkshire committee with the original winner Lorraine Fishwick and committee member Denny Gibson.
A racing bike that was a raffle prize at the Great Yorkshire Show in July has been donated back to the charity for the second time!
The initial winning ticket for the Merida racing bike was drawn at Countryside Live in Harrogate in October. The bike, whose cost was kindly covered by NFU Mutual, was won by a delighted Lorraine Fishwick from Selby and more than £1,500 was raised from the raffle. However, Lorraine very kindly donated it back to R.A.B.I. to be used as a silent auction lot at the R.A.B.I. and Driffield Agricultural Society’s black tie President’s Ball event at the Driffield showground in December.
The racing bike’s second outing came when Mr. Martin Stephenson won it at the Ball where it was auctioned for £377. Mr Stephenson plans to cycle from Yorkshire to Cambridge with his son and on return, auction the bike again to donate the proceeds to R.A.B.I.!
R.A.B.I. regional manager Sally Conner said: “Thanks to NFU Mutual, this bike has already had a very colourful life and been involved in a lot of fundraising. We look forward to seeing where it ends up next!”
The President’s Ball was attended by 220 guests and included cava on arrival, a three course meal and band and disco. A magnificent £6,000 was made on the evening, with profits split equally between R.A.B.I. and the Driffield Agricultural Society.