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Sheep breeders raise funds for dales hospice

[Friday 09 March 2007]
addingham sheep breeders manorlands hospice
(left to right) Andrew Wood, Richard Mawson, Chris Pearson,
Joe Throup, Richard Ellis and John Mawson

A GROUP of Yorkshire Dales sheep breeders this week presented a cheque for £1000 to a local hospice which they raised through a charity raffle and auction at their recent annual dinner.

Addingham Sheep Breeders Association formed ten years ago with just 4 members and has gone from strength to strength as founder member John Mawson explained: "We had 100 people in attendance at our dinner at Bracken Ghyll Golf Club, Addingham and we are delighted that our association has grown such that we can now make such a positive contribution to what we all feel is a worthy cause."

The evening was sponsored by Pearson Farm Supplies of West Marton. Manager Chris Pearson had requested donations of animal health products from his suppliers and these products were raffled and auctioned off to the farming community at the dinner. This raised over £900 and Mr Pearson made the total up to £1000.

Andrew Wood, fundraiser at Manorlands Hospice, based in Oxenhope, was presented with the cheque by Mr Pearson and the four founder members of the Addingham sheep Breeders Association and expressed his gratitude on behalf of Manorlands, which cares for patients from Bradford right up into the dales.

"I am always staggered by the generosity of rural organisations such as this one. Without their support we would struggle to meet the hospice's £1.9 million annual running costs."

For more information on the Manorlands Hospice, contact Andrew Wood on 01535 640432 or email Andrew.Wood@suerydercare.org

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