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Farmer’s Charity Auction Raises Over £35,000

On Friday 24th January 2014 at the Farmer’s Charity Auction, held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, the crowd went fruity for a fruit cake which went under the hammer for £300. It brought together the NFU and five Cumbrian auction marts to raise in excess of £35,000 for local rural charities.

Key to the success of the event was the generosity of the rural community and businesses, with donations and promises for the auction flooding in prior to the event, totalling just shy of 500.

John Wharton, Penrith & District Farmers Mart - Haggis Competition Winner

John Wharton, Penrith & District Farmers Mart - Haggis Competition Winner with Nigel Bell Piper

Held on the eve of Burn’s Night, the event had a truly Scottish theme. The main entertainment of the day came in the form of the auctioneers competing to be champion of the haggis!

Compered by Gordon Swindlehurst, the dressing of the haggis competition was judged by Annette Gibbons, and although it was a close call John Wharton of Penrith and District Farmer’s Mart was chosen as the winner.

Highlights from the livestock auction were lot 2 a two month old pedigree Holstein calf ‘Stowbeck Mincio Judy’ which went for a whopping £620, and lot 1 a British Blue heifer calf which went for £420.

A pair of Calcutta Cup tickets and a tour of The House of Lords with afternoon tea for four went for £400 apiece, and the promise of dinner at Cartmell’s house in Caldbeck raised £880.

Commenting after the event, 2014 Auction Chairman, Nick Utting said: “The success of this event really is down to the support that we received from the rural, local community and businesses in the form of items to auction, and from those who dug deep to bid. We are absolutely delighted with the tremendous amount raised for our chosen charities.

Huge thanks must go the auctioneers and the NFU for their support.”

Businesses supporting the auction included the NFU, Harrison & Hetherington Ltd, The Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart, Longtown, Penrith and District Farmers Mart, Hopes of Wigton and Mitchells at Cockermouth.

The money raised will be donated between Hospice at Home, Life Education Centres, The Farming Community Network, Headway – the brain injury association - and The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.


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