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LRSN celebrate achieving the Investing in Volunteers Standard

On the evening of the 29th June LRSN thanked all their volunteers for their fantastic contribution to the charity's work by celebrating in a marquee provided by Brown and Co and hosted by Uncle Henry's at Grayingham, with two fantastic guest speakers, Aarun Naik, Nuffield Scholar and local Paralympian Sophie Wells. They were also treated to a delicious buffet, with roast beef and ham expertly carved by willing helpers Peter Elkington and Ray Wright, followed by the award winning cheeses by local producer Cotehill Cheese.

The event was a big "Thank you" to all our volunteers who give their time and effort to helping those in Lincolnshire's farming community who are facing tough times. The board of trustees recognises the valuable work of our volunteers, who bring a unique combination of skills, commitment and enthusiasm through their willingness and passion to invest in and help their community for a better future. They bring flexibility, adaptability and a credibility to our organisation and we are so lucky to have over 40 dedicated volunteers; we simply would not exist without them.

Aarun Naik spoke of his travels and findings from around the world on initiatives to help farmers access help for mental health issues and general well being information so that they can continue to live happy and productinve lives in agriculture- as one scheme says "Live well, farm well". Its encouraging that so many nations are taking the initiative to reach out to the agricultural industry to provide help and support when times are tough.

Sophie Wells treated us to the inside story of her journey to gold medal success at Rio in 2016 in Dressage and how her journey has been influcenced by the many highs and lows along the way. She displayed a strong determination and a desire to succeed, adapting her attitude to her life as she has travelled thorugh her career to focus on the things that really mattered to her and to her horses, all illustrated with a sound sense of humour and candidness. Her medals were a great draw to everyone- it's amazing how heavy they are!!

Its not very often the charity has the opportunity to have a full get together so it was refreshing and rewarding to spend time with everyone; we are blessed to work with them all.