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Shindig raises over £24,000 for Somerset farmers

Shindig organisers with guest speaker Andrew Ward: from left, Kirsty Barr, Ailsa Tweedie, Susan Thomson, Jane Fenwick, Andrew Ward, Jill McGregor, Tania Conway and Lucy Armstrong

Shindig organisers with guest speaker Andrew Ward: from left, Kirsty Barr, Ailsa Tweedie, Susan Thomson, Jane Fenwick, Andrew Ward, Jill McGregor, Tania Conway and Lucy Armstrong

Farmers’ wives from north Northumberland and the Borders raised over £24,000 for flood-hit Somerset farmers from a charity dinner earlier this month.

The money from the Spring Shindig at Kelso’s Springwood will go to RABI (Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution) and the Addington Fund and will be ring fenced to help with forage haulage costs and welfare issues.

Guest speaker was former Farmers Weekly Arable Farmer of the Year (2008) and last year’s Farming Champion, Andrew Ward, who also founded Forage Aid

A spokesperson for the Shindig organisers said: “We were overwhelmed by the impact the flooding had on the farming community in the south of England, particularly Somerset, and being from farming backgrounds we all have a bit of an appreciation of the devastation caused. We are all so thankful to never have had to deal with such a disastrous situation, but realise how important it is in such times to be able to rely on support from fellow farmers.

“The Spring Shindig was such a fun night and the amount raised is really quite significant.

“Any difference we can make to the lives of those who have suffered at the hands of the flooding will make all the hard work well worth it.”

A raffle, silent auction and live auction also contributed to a fundraising total.

 

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