NYMMO and Local Farmers Raise Funds for Saint Catherine’s Hospice

On Tuesday 30th July NYMMO visited the Saint Catherine’s Hospice at Scarborough to present them with a cheque for £570.00.

The story behind the fund raising is as follows:-

Brian Aconley a local farmer from Farndale was looking to hold a fund-raising shoot in woodland and rough pasture land around his farm at Christmas time and enlisted the help of local gamekeepers to pull it all together and make it happen.  There were over 20 individuals who were invited to the event including local gamekeepers and farmers.  Each attendee paid a small fee to take part and they were also asked to bring along food and nibbles which were shared around to provide a great alfresco picnic lunch.  A raffle was run and helped add to the total monies raised. 

After the success of Brian’s event, a couple of weeks later we were invited to host a second day thanks to the generosity of both Brian and his next-door neighbour John Wheldon.

Both days were a resounding success and all who attended enjoyed some good shooting, good company and a bit of nice home cooked food.  Over the 2 days we raised just over £1,000 in total which is to be split between Saint Catherine’s Hospice at Scarborough and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Managed Moorland involves so many people and organisations, who all work together to help make the areas the success that they are.  The Gamekeepers have good working relationships with the hill farmers and this is highlighted here by the 2 joint charity events held on the North York Moors earlier this year.