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Cumbria Farmers' Charity Auction Returns

It is more than 30 years since the first Farmers’ Charity Auction in Cumbria was held and, since the first event well over £100,000 has been raised for worthwhile causes.

It has been announced that plans are now well underway for the 2014 sale, which will be held at Borderway Mart in Carlisle on January 24, 2014. Once again it is hoped that businesses and farmers and the rural community will dig deep to donate goods to go under the hammer.

Charity Auction

When the sale was held in the wake of the foot and mouth crisis, generous donations totalled £32,700. When it was resurrected five years ago with Blue Peter presenter and Cumbrian farmer’s daughter Helen Skelton opening the bidding another £30,000 was raised. This year the aim is to raise event more for the chosen charities which include Hospice at Home, Life Education Centres and FCN – The Farming Community Network, Headway – the brain injury association, and The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.

The event is being supported by Cumbrian Auction Marts, H&H Borderway in Carlisle; the Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart, Longtown; Penrith and District Farmers Mart; Hopes of Wigton; and Mitchells at Cockermouth and NFU Carlisle.

On announcing the date and details of the 2014 Auction Chairman Nick Utting said: “Once again, the enthusiasm for another Charity Auction is immense. All the auction companies and NFU offices in the area have pledged their support and we have already received a number of lots to sell, ranging from livestock to weekends away in London.

It looks like we are going to have a busy day with the likelihood of beating the previous record for cash raised. There is also a surprise in store for those present as the auction companies have promised some hilarious entertainment.”

Over the years they have been some fantiastic donations. In 2008, donations this included a Belgian blue bullock from Messrs Hall, of Inglewood Edge, near Skelton, which sold for £800. Solicitor Tim Cartmell’s offer of dinner for eight people at his house fetched £500 while cattle minerals donated by Carrs Billington sold for £700.

To donate goods or promises to the 2014 auction please contact Carlisle@nfumutual.co.uk or call 01228 523034. Alternatively, contact your local auction company.

For regular updates on news about the event, follow us on Twitter @farmers_auction and search for Farmers Charity Auction on Facebook.

List of Donations made in 2008

NFU

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