More than £2,000 was raised at Sedgemoor Auction Centre on Saturday (January 20) to help fund an innovative health service for farmers at the venue.

Auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt raised an impressive £2,209.75 on Saturday to kick off the fund and mark the 10th anniversary of livestock markets at Sedgemoor. A proportion of money raised from the sale of animals sold on Saturday was donated to the health scheme.

Robert Venner, Partner in charge of the market, said farmers were "generally not good at going to the doctor" so this should make it easier.

The health room will be run by a NHS nurse and will provide a convenient, private space for farmers to visit and discuss any health issues.

Mr Venner said: “Farmers lead busy lives and sometimes caring about health can take a back seat. We hope this initiative will go some way in helping them put their well-being further up the list.”