2015-02-04  

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Students Under the Hammer Raise Over £2,000 for Charity

Students at Newton Rigg College have raised more than £2,000 in their charity auction held at Penrith Auction Mart on Monday (2 February).

The 50 or so Newton Rigg students put their skills under the hammer, offering a day's work in return for payment to be made to the North West and Great North Air Ambulances.

students after the sale at Penrith Auction Mart

Students after the sale at Penrith Auction Mart

They are all studying agriculture at the Cumbrian-based college. So far £2,100 has been raised with 16 year old Paul Gardner from Roweltown, Carlisle acting as auctioneer.

The students were offering a broad of skills, from lambing expertise to machine handling to general labouring. As well as raising money for the two important charities it also enables them to add to their practical experience and knowledge.

Lecturer Natalie Parker praised them for their commitment to the initiative which she said was very much a student idea. She also thanked the farmers and at the ringside plus the support given by Carrs Billington, Mole Valley Farmers and Lowther estates, as well as the Penrith Mart which hosted the event.

Newton Rigg

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