Downham Market Young Farmers plough money into community

Downham Young farmer cheque presentation ?3750 to each charity to Riding for the Disabled and Tapping House'left to right Martyn Cockerill, Stina Burge, Rosie O'Grady, Charlotte Waters, Rebekah Mills and Stephanie Casswell ANL-150723-084834009
Downham Young farmer cheque presentation ?3750 to each charity to Riding for the Disabled and Tapping House'left to right Martyn Cockerill, Stina Burge, Rosie O'Grady, Charlotte Waters, Rebekah Mills and Stephanie Casswell ANL-150723-084834009
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Thousands of pounds have been ploughed back into the community thanks to the hardwork of Downham Young Farmers.

Members have raised a fantastic £8,000 and last week presented the fruits of their labours to four worthy causes ahead of their annual meeting.

The club organises some of the most popular events in the area’s social calendar, including a dinner and dance and cley shoot, in aid of good causes.

West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled at the Magpie Centre and Norfolk Hospice each received £3,500 during the presentation in Conservative Club on Wednesday.

Members also donated £700 to St Mary’s Church in Stradsett to thank the village for hosting a number of their events.

The club has also presented £300 to the Moth in a China Shop charity which was set up by Hugh Mason in memory of his son Arthur. The 21-year-old died after an accident at the Fincham farm last summer.

Outgoing club chairman Charlotte Waters, who is the new press secretary, was pleased to support so many good causes.

She said: “It was lovely to see the charity representatives and nice that the money has gone to local causes.

“We wanted to support the amazing work carried out by Norfolk Hospice and Magpie Centre.

“Each year we try to raise more.”

Martyn Cockrill has taken over the new club chairman after last week’s annual meeting. A new members evening will be held on October 14 at the Conservative Club.