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LRSN's successful AGM raises £13,000

LRSN’s AGM, which includes the ever-popular Charity Auction, has raised more than £13,000 to help fund the organisation’s charitable work.

To celebrate a successful year, 130 LRSN volunteers, staff, supporters and friends gathered at the Epic Centre, Lincolnshire Showground on Monday 29 October.

Chairman, Meryl Ward welcomed everyone to the event, in particular, guest speaker Matt Caldicott, deputy chief officer for the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs and Lincolnshire’s High Sherriff, Ian Walter who later conducted the charity auction, dressed in full ceremonial dress.

In her address, Mrs Ward spoke about LRSN’s work over the past year. She said:

“The combined work of our staff and volunteers means that we have been able to help 140 rural and farming families, manage the helpline and deliver nearly 1000 healthcare checks in clinics at Louth and Newark Livestock Markets and Spalding Auction. Thank you to them all for helping us fulfil our values of listening, caring and serving others.”

Gracing the foyer at the Epic Centre was a Massey Ferguson tractor, kindly lent by Peacock and Binnington. Throughout the summer, a “wrapped” tractor bearing LRSN’s logo and helpline number has toured agricultural shows and events to promote the charity’s work.

Meryl Ward said: “LRSN owes Peacock and Binnington directors and staff a huge debt of gratitude for all their hard work during the year to help raise our profile in Lincolnshire’s rural community.”

Following the formal elements, the evening was rounded off with the annual Charity Auction: 24 lots raised more than £8000 which together with donations and the evening’s raffle, made the fantastic total of £13,145 raised on the night.

Auction lots included a day’s pheasant shooting, a helicopter trip, two glorious garden planters, a trip to the Tower of London, tea with the House of Lords Chief Whip, a morning with Lincolnshire Police and holidays in the Lake District and North Norfolk.

LRSN was also pleased to launch two new ways of donating to raise funds for its work. A new JustGiving text number and donations through Amazon Smile will help the organisation to continue to help those in Lincolnshire’s rural community experiencing problems.