Fundraising Furrows :: Bishop Burton College

Fundraising Furrows

Students’ sponsored plough raises over £700 for charity

NEW students at Bishop Burton College chose a traditional agricultural way - ploughing - to raise money for a farming charity.

All 48 of the college’s first year Level 3 Agriculture students took part in the sponsored plough that raised over £700 for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI).

Course manager Helen Martin said it had been a great way for the youngsters to get to know each other.

“Some had never ploughed before in their life,” said Helen. “While others hadn’t even sat on such a big tractor.”

Helen also reported that the female students gave the lads a good run for their money.

“During their studies, the students have been looking at volunteering and the importance of helping others,” said Helen.

“RABI was a natural choice for this first fundraising effort because of its farming connection. The students became even more interested in the charity when they realised it doesn’t just help the older generation;  that it has projects such as Gateway to help young people involved in farming to achieve qualifications to help them diversify.”

Sally Connor, of RABI, added:  "We are delighted by the wonderful amount of money that the agriculture students here have raised for our charity.

"It is fantastic to see young adults being so generous with their time, and to see a supportive college behind them.  A massive thanks to everyone involved from all at RABI.

"We usually use donations such as this to help farmers and their families who may be experiencing hardship due to disability or illness.  Due to the recent bad harvest, this money will assist working farmers in the East Yorkshire area who may need financial support."