Yorkshire’s farming community raises thousands of pounds for charity at inaugural Harvest Dinner Dance
Some 300 members of Yorkshire’s farming community enjoyed an evening of celebration at the first ever Harvest Dinner Dance held by the Future Farmers of Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, raising £7,000 to be shared between two invaluable charities.
A glittering occasion to bring together farming families and all those who work in agriculture and its allied industries, the Harvest Dinner Dance on Saturday 18th November at Pavilions of Harrogate on the Great Yorkshire Showground was sponsored by agricultural machinery manufacturer Krone UK, and rural insurance specialists McClarrons.
Guests were welcomed with a glass of fizz before enjoying a delicious three-course meal served by Kings Catering, featuring quality locally sourced British ingredients.
Following dinner and before the evening’s disco finale, a charity auction and raffle was expertly directed by auctioneers Will Amos and James Kilner from York Auction Centre in aid of two charities close to the organisers’ hearts, Yorkshire Air Ambulance and RABI (Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution).
Yorkshire Air Ambulance is a lifeline emergency service for the rural community due to the often-remote nature of farm work.
RABI provides invaluable professional support to the farming community across England and Wales. More than 20 members of the Future Farmers of Yorkshire network have received Mental Health training delivered by RABI over the last 12 months. The next farming-focused Mental Health training day is at Selby Auction Mart on Monday 4th December, see www.yas.co.uk for details.
Nick Grayson, South Yorkshire tenant farmer and Chair of Future Farmers of Yorkshire said: “It’s been a truly special night in great company, just the sort of fun evening I think we all craved at the end of a frustrating harvest and drilling season. I would like to say thank you on behalf of the Future Farmers Management Board to everyone who made the evening such a wonderful occasion: our guests, sponsors, supporters, and hosts. A big thank you must go too to all the local businesses who so kindly donated lots and prizes to the auction and raffle, and for the amazing generosity shown on the night to raise a brilliant total in support of two incredibly important charities.”
Allister Nixon, Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society said: “Our first Harvest Dinner Dance in partnership with Future Farmers of Yorkshire has been a tremendous success and hopefully a welcome tonic for everyone who attended. Bringing people together is one of our great strengths as a farming charity, and we look forward to 2024 when there will be lots more opportunities for the farming community to come together at the Great Yorkshire Showground, not least the Great Yorkshire Show in July.”
Marcus Oliver, Managing Director of sponsors Krone UK said: “Krone UK felt privileged to experience the first ever Future Farmers Dinner Dance, held at Pavilions of Harrogate. With over 300 people in attendance there was an uplifting feeling of enjoyment, a unity for supporting the Future Farmers community and an openness in the importance of raising awareness on relevant topics. The event was thoroughly organised with everything running smoothly, and we were very proud to be sponsors. Krone UK look forward to building a firm relationship with YAS and Future Farmers.”
Becky Ward, Client Advisor at sponsors McClarrons Ltd said: “We had a great evening supporting the first Future Farmers Harvest Dinner Dance, it was a great opportunity to meet so many people that work and support the farming community in various guises and to celebrate British Farming. It was also fantastic to see so much money raised for two invaluable charities.”
Future Farmers of Yorkshire is a thriving network supported by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, which brings together like-minded farmers, vets and industry supporters to further their personal and professional development. The network is run by a voluntary management board of its members for the benefit of farmers and industry professionals across the county and beyond.
Future Farmers of Yorkshire offers a varied rolling programme of events, training and bursaries opportunities throughout the year with the support of sponsors. For more details about Future Farmers, and to join the network for free and without obligation, visit www.yas.co.uk/futurefarmers
- The Future Farmers of Yorkshire brings together younger farmers, vets and industry professionals. To join the group, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Registered charity, Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS) supports and promotes the farming industry through health care, business, education and funding scientific research into rural affairs.
- YAS is supported by its family of businesses including Fodder, Yorkshire Event Centre, Pavilions of Harrogate and the Harrogate Caravan Park as well as events Great Yorkshire Show and Springtime Live.
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