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Mule Sheep Charity Auction Boost for Manorlands

The sixth annual charity sheep show and sale of predominantly Mule wether lambs staged by Addingham & District Sheep Breeders’ Association at Skipton Auction Mart raised £2,700 for Sue Ryder – Manorlands Hospice in Oxenhope, Keighley. (Wed, Dec 12)

Pictured with the champion Mule Wether at Addingham & District Sheep Breeders’ Association’s annual charity show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart are, from left, co-judges Martin Brown and Cecil Hutchinson, Robin Booth and the title winner, sponsor and buyer Chris Pearson, and Manorlands fund-raiser Rachel Cunningham.

champion Mule Wether

A total of 29 lambs were donated by association members and local farmers. They were judged prior to sale by sheep aficionados Martin Brown, of Newton-le-Willows, Bedale, and Cecil Hutchinson, of Kirby Wiske, Northallerton.

The championship, and with it the Pearson Farm Supplies Shield, fell to a home-bred shearling from North Craven sheep farmers Robin and David Booth, of WA&A Booth, Feizor. It was by a ram lamb that won the championship at last year’s Kilnsey Show.

Sponsor Chris Pearson, who has a retail outlet at the auction mart, successfully bid £250 for the title-winner, then offered it up to be sold for charity again, realising another £100 for Manorlands.

Ken and Linda Throup, of Silsden Moor, were responsible for the show runner-up, with the third prize awarded to Joe and Nancy Throup, of Draughton. In fourth place was Granville Fairburn, of Apperley Bridge, Bradford.

Other mart regulars also donated items for auction. The total raised for Manorlands through the annual charity event has now topped £23,500.

Manorlands fundraiser Rachel Cunningham said: “This is a fantastic effort again by the farming community and we are hugely grateful for their support. The funds raised are a huge boost to our work and will allow us to continue to provide incredible care for those living with incurable conditions in our local community.”

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