President’s Charities 2017
Many thanks to Sarah Burckhardt for her excellent work as president in the 2015/2016 year. Sarah’s charities for the year were the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Farming Community Network which have both been presented with cheques for £1661. Sarah’s fundraising included a “Call My Bluff” wine tasting evening at the Forge in Tockwith, a Pimms and Pork Party at her own house and of course the famous President’s Produce Auction which takes place at the end of the day at the Tockwith & District Agricultural Show.
For the 2016/2017 year Tockwith & District Agricultural Society would like to welcome Richard Search as our new president. Richard was elected at the recent society AGM and is pictured below receiving the ceremonial crook from the outgoing president. The president’s charities for 2017 year are St Michael’s Hospice and the Follifoot Park Disabled Riders Group.
Saint Michael’s Hospice exists to help people with terminal illness to live and die well. We do this by offering specialist care, comfort and support, free of charge, to patients and their families. We are an independent charity working in the Harrogate District. Saint Michael’s is here for people who need extra support on top of the day-to-day care they receive from GPs, district nurses, hospital teams and nursing home staff.
Follifoot Park Disabled Riders Group’s aim is to provide opportunities for people with a wide range of disabilities to enjoy the unique benefits of horse riding and carriage driving. Follifoot Park Disabled Riders Group see disability as a starting point from which everyone can achieve something. The Group is entirely self-supporting and for us to continue providing riding and carriage driving, we always need more volunteers. We do not incur salary costs but we still need to raise about £3,000 a month to cover our riding and carriage driving costs.
Amongst the many thought that crossed my mind when asked if I’d consider being Tockwith Show President was the wonder of time and a feeling that I’m too young to be that old. The reality is that Sally-Anne, the girls and I have attended the show almost every year since the girls were in pushchair and with our eldest now 24 it occurred that my year as President would also be the 25th anniversary of our first visit.
Any reflection on my aging didn’t however diminish the honour I felt and feel to be asked to act as President, an honour shared both my family and indeed my work colleagues who work hard to support the show in our role as a supplier.
Together we are all look forward to 2017, a year in which we hope to make a difference not least in providing help to both St Michael’s Hospice and the Follifoot Park Disabled Riders, my chosen charities for the year.
Saint Michael’s Hospice is based in Harrogate and works to helps people with terminal illness to live and die well, doing so by offering specialist care, comfort and support, free of charge, to patients and their families.
The Follifoot Riders provide opportunities for people with a wide range of disabilities to enjoy the unique benefits of horse riding and carriage driving. The group is entirely self-supporting, do not incur salary costs but still need to raise about £3,000 a month to cover riding and carriage driving costs.
Sally-Anne and I will be planning fundraising events during the year which we’d invite you all to support and will look forward to seeing you there or at the showground on August 6th.