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LRSN AGM & Charity Auction 18 October 2021

Wow, what a difference a year makes. Last year we were all sat at computer screens watching the AGM via Zoom and this year we were able to meet and hold the annual AGM and charity auction in person. It was phenomenal to see so many LRSN friends and supporters at the event. We can't express our gratitude enough to those who attended and those who supported us from afar. It's the that are people involved that makes LRSN the wonderful charity that it is, so our thanks go to all involved, volunteers, friends, and supporters. 

The AGM this year was an emotional one, we said farewell to our Project Manager, Alison Twiddy, who after 14 years in post decided to retire handing over the task to the very capable hands of Amy Thomas, who joined the LRSN family in June as Head of Charity, Alison took on the role of Project Manager following her early retirement from civil service, she was just looking for a part-time role to keep her busy. Under her watchful eye, LRSN has gone from strength to strength and has grown so much in those 14 years it is almost unrecognisable as the job she started 14 years ago. The LRSN board of trustees would like to thank Alison for the years of hard work, dedication, and passion that she has shown during her time in the role and wish her a very happy retirement. 

We also saw Meryl Ward, LRSN Chairman of 9 years pass the baton on Matt Phillips. Meryl decided to step down from her post as Chair of the Board of Trustees and concentrate on her new role within the new Lincolnshire charity, Lincolnshire Rural & Agricultural Chaplaincy (LRAC). Meryl has worked closely with Alison to help steer LRSN in the right direction and helped build a strong foundation for the future. We would like to wish Amy and Matt luck in continuing to move LRSN forward to the next stage of its development.   

The AGM was followed by the charity auction, there were not only bidders in the room but this year there were proxy bids also from those who were unable to attend. It was an extremely lively evening with lots of exciting bidding happening around the room. The auction was ably overseen by auctioneer Ian Walter of Brown & Co JH Walter. this year's auction raised over £12,000 alongside the £1,005 raised by the raffle on the night and the various private and corporate donations that were also made. What an amazing amount of money to be raised in one evening, we are incredibly grateful to everyone who bought auction lots, raffle tickets, or took the time to make a donation, these funds are used to directly help the agricultural and rural folk of Lincolnshire. If you would like to make a donation you can still do this by visiting our JustGiving page.

Our heartfelt gratitude goes to our sponsors for the evening and to the individuals and companies that donated auction lots, prizes, and time that enabled the LRSN team to showcase the wonderful work of the charity as well as raise such a fantastic amount of money for LRSN.