Merry Millers help local farmers raise £30,000 for charities

By Ross Gazette sports reporter in Local People

THE Merry Millers fundraising wagon continues to roll on. The recent biennial event raised an amazing £30,110 for local charities including St Michael’s Hospice at Home and Neville Hall ITU, with the majority of the money raised going to Wye Valley NHS Hereford in support of Breast and Prostate cancer departments, and the Heart and Lung departments.

This is probably the largest farmer orientated charity auction held in the area, with attendees from nine different counties held at the Three Counties Hotel, Hereford (The main sponsors being The Wye Valley Group).

The enthusiastic sell-out crowd of 300+ bid well and were encouraged by the ‘on form’ auctioneer, Martyn Evans. Items on offer included hay,, feeding stuff, auctioneers commission, silo wrap, accommodation in top hotels, meals in local hostelries, Richard Johnson’s (jockey) breeches, rounds of golf, meat for freezer, farm contracting, vets fees etc

The star items auctioned on the night was a framed Manchester United football shirt, signed by Sir Alex Ferguson which sold for £1,400, a calf creep feeder which fetched £1,150 and two Centre Court tickets for Wimbledon sold for £800.

Katie Farmer, representing the Wye Valley NHS Trust, attended the event and gave all attendees an insight into the work of the Trust and why monies are very much needed.

Co-organisers of the event, Ian Pugh, and his daughter, Janey Cotton, would like to give a heartfelt thank you to the sponsors, patrons on the night and the commission bids from non-attendees who could not get tickets. They said: “We are stunned and delighted by the wonderful response and the Merry Millers have now raised just shy of £90k with the four events held.”

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