West Norfolk young farmers turn furrows to raise charity cash

What a weekend last weekend turned out to be for Terrington Young Farmers.

Members decided to try something a little different for this year's fundraising. With three members, Hayley Smith, Matt Norman and Jonny Smith, we organised a 24-hour Ploughathon. It started at 12.30pm last Saturday and each member spent an hour in the cab. It ran smoothly, even down to change-over of drivers. Jonny and Matt were the designated instructors keeping an eye on those behind the wheel and their ploughing skills! Slightly bleary-eyed, we ploughed 65 acres of heavy clay silt land.

Always ones for a little friendly competition, the fastest ploughing time was set by my sister, Amy Walton at 9pm at 12km an hour.

The straightest furrow was set by Matt Norman, who had the quickest turnaround at just 17.5 seconds. As for sponsorship, this year Terrington YFC is supporting Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue and the critical care and intensive care unit of Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn. It is likely that about £1,000 has been raised.

Thanks to H Melton & Son for providing the land and supplying the diesel, Doubleday King's Lynn for supplying the 6210R John Deere tractor and Harvey Sherwin of Gregoire Besson for the loan of a RWC6 5 furrow plough. Thank you to all sponsors, parents and friends who supported.


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