A packed ringside of farmers, friends, family, colleagues and clients jostled to the forefront to bid on a diverse array of incredible lots, all of which had been donated to the Big Farming Charity Auction, organised in Charles's memory to raise money for four superb charities.
The atmosphere was electric as crowds queued out of the doors, and from the start of the auction it was clear to see that people had wholeheartedly come to support the cause. The four charities were chosen because in some way they had all been part of Charles’s life; The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI), the Farming Community Network (FCN), St Margaret’s Hospice and the Somerset Bowel Cancer Support Group who will all benefit from donations in excess of £18,000 each from this event!
A truly varied catalogue from turkeys, livestock and cakes through to holidays abroad and throughout the UK. The top call of the day was for a luxurious house in Ireland that sleeps up to 14 people, selling for £5100, followed by a fully staffed Sri Lankan Villa selling for £4800.
Many unique items were donated and Charles’ wife Rebecca Pow MP, secured a bottle of Parliamentary Whisky signed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson for the auction. This created an incredible amount of interest and after some very spirited bidding, a local farmer secured the whisky for an astonishing £3000.
Farmers were generous in their support of the auction and the four charities, by donating a number of calves and sheep and producing a record calf price as long standing calf buyers chased up a British Blue bull calf to £1000!
The auction itself raised just shy of £70,000, and with a raffle held in conjunction with the Big Farming Charity Auction, the final outstanding total was in excess of £73,000.
Sincere and grateful thanks to all who donated and purchased and to everyone who threw in their bid and supported the event.