Ploughing record for Axminster Young Farmers

YFC members stage 24-hour ploughathon and raise �2,000 for the air ambulance

AXMINSTER Young Farmers dug deep and raised over �2,000 for Charity.

They staged a 24-hour ploughathon to raise money for the Devon Air Ambulance.

It involved ploughing continuously over two days, with help from some 30 vintage tractors.

Their total of 66 acres beat the previous club record by an acre.

The event was held at Burridge Farm, Chardstock, by kind permission of Mr Edward Eames and family.

The club was also helped by a number of sponsors including Hamblys of Honiton, who provided a Claas tractor and Lemken plough and also provided some rugby shirts for members to wear.

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Watsons fuels, of Cullompton, donated 600 litres of diesel while Tesco of Axminster, Complete Meats and Denhay Farms also supplied food and drink for the weekend.

There was also a donation of diesel from an ex-president of the club Mr Les Ellis.

Chairman Phil Bird said: “It was a great weekend, we were very lucky with the weather and it was fantastic to see so many club members involved.”