Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

Published: November 29, 2006
Polden Hills Young Farmers raise £3,500 for Burnham-On-Sea hovercraft

A sale of cow dung organised by a group of fun-loving Somerset young farmers was among the more unusual fundraising ideas that helped raise a whopping £3,500 for Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft.

Over the course of several months, the enterprising members at Polden Hills Young Farmers Club have held a variety of events to raise money for BARB, their charity of the year.

None was more unusual, though, than a sale of dung which raised smiles, cash and smells!

"Gardeners in our area who found their plants drooping were invited to contact us for dung and we then provided it direct to their front door or garden gate for a suitable donation," said Adrian Cox, chairman of the group.

The 30-strong group also held barn dances, a bonfire night party, treasure hunt, sponsored bike ride, bingo sessions and balls and discos.

A huge total of £5,500 was raised, with £3,500 going to BARB and £2,000 for the Somerset and Dorset Air Ambulance.

Mark Newman, spokesman for BARB, said: “The sale of dung is definitely the most unusual way in which funds have been raised for us to date! It’s great to see how much effort has been put in by the group - and how much fun they have had at the same time."

“We are incredibly grateful for this huge sum - every penny of which will go towards maintaining our two life-saving hovercraft and training our volunteer crew.”

Members of the Young Farmers group also visited Burnham recently for a tour of the hovercraft station where they met crew members and heard more about the work of BARB - as pictured here.

BARB's Spirit Of Lelaina has directly helped and rescued more than 95 people since going into service two and a half years ago.

More recently, BARB unveiled its second smaller craft, The Light Of Elizabeth, which is being used for training and river rescues.

Polden Hills Young Farmers meet weekly on a Tuesday evening at Edington Village Hall, while every second Tuesday is a visit. The group welcomes all young people aged from 10 to 26 - members don't have to be farmers to be Young Farmers.


Burnham-On-Sea Hovercraft Web site


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