Charity auction

Lizzie Coar and Jayne Rowlandson of Samlesbury Young Farmers' Club
Lizzie Coar and Jayne Rowlandson of Samlesbury Young Farmers' Club

Over £12,000 was raised and had been donated to Christies Hosptial from the proceeds of Samlesbury and District Young Farmer’s charity dinner dance and auction held to celebrate the club’s 75th anniversary.

The evening took place at Ewood Park, home of Blackburn Rovers when 250 past and present members, along with friends, sat down to a three course meal delivered by Northcote at the Rovers.

There were 35 separate lots in the charity auction and items included 50 acres of chopping, buckraking and carting kindly donated by Mr Harry Wilson, five lots of different animal feed from local companies, a VIP trip around the JCB factory, eight various lots of semen straws kindly donated by agricultural fertility companies and two days deer stalking in Scotland kindly donated by Mr John Briggs, to name just a few and everyone was so generous in the bidding as well as extra donations on the night.

President Graham Young said “After the exciting atmosphere of the auction, members and friends danced into the night and had chance to catch up with friends. A fantastic night was had by all, it was lovely to see old and new faces celebrating the club’s success over the years.”

Also during the evening 40 different raffle prizes ranging from jewellery, dog food, wine and toy tractors were awarded.

Chairman Jayne Rowlandson and secretary Lizzie Coar said: “A huge thanks must go to all of the sponsors, businesses and individuals that donated items to be auctioned or raffled off to raise funds for Christies Hospital, as well as all of the individuals who gave so generously on the night.”

Photographs of the evening are now available to buy on