Farmcare win Cambridge charity cricket competition

National farming organisation Farmcare emerged triumphant in an annual charity cricket tournament held in Cambridge in aid of Farm Africa, a charity that fights hunger in eastern Africa.

Farmcare, the National Farmers Union (NFU), crop protection services supplier Agrovista and agricultural engineering equipment manufacturer CLAAS UK were the four teams involved.

Putting some early rain behind them, they managed to raise more than £6,000 by auctioning prizes such as a hot air balloon ride with Champagne, an electric golf buggy and a child's ride-on CLAAS pedal tractor as well as a raffle.

Trinity College's ground on Grange Road hosted the tournament and the money will go towards ending hunger for 18 families in eastern Africa.

"Farmcare is delighted to be supporting Farm Africa in 2015 through our annual cricket tournament," Chief Executive Richard Quinn said.

"Working closely with Agrovista, CLAAS UK and the NFU we have raised over £6,000 for the organisation which will help farmers in eastern Africa to grow themselves out of poverty and hunger.

"As the UK’s leading farmer, we farm over 50,000 acres of land across England and Scotland. Many of the products we grow, such as cereals, fruits and vegetables, are similar to those which are grown by communities involved with Farm Africa.

"As an organisation, we recognise the importance of supply chains and are keen to help our counterparts in Africa to grow produce of a high standard with bountiful yields which can fetch a high price at market.

"The annual tournament is an opportunity for us to utilise our networks within the farming industry to generate significant funds and awareness for Farm Africa."

Farm Africa's Events Fundraiser Sarah Wren added: "While Farmcare took home the coveted trophy, everyone in this tournament was a winner for doing so much to support fellow farmers in Africa.

"We are bowled over by the kind support of everyone involved, and would especially like to extend huge thanks to Farmcare for putting on the tournament, to Agrovista and CLAAS UK who helped secure so many of the fabulous raffle prizes and to everyone who played or supported the tournament. Here’s to next year!"

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