Bishop Burton students pull together with sponsored plough
AGRICULTURE students at Bishop Burton College dug deep for a farming charity when they held a sponsored ploughing event.
Forty-eight new students at the college near Beverley got on their tractors for the sponsored plough, raising more than £700 for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI).
Funds raised will help farmers who may be experiencing hardship, including East Yorkshire farmers who may need financial support following the recent poor harvest.
Sally Connor, of RABI, praised the first year students for their charitable efforts.
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She said: "We are delighted by the wonderful amount of money that the agriculture students here have raised for our charity. It is fantastic to see young adults being so generous with their time and to see a supportive college behind them.
"A massive thanks goes to everyone involved from all at RABI."
The donation will support the charity's work in assisting farmers.
She said: "We usually use donations such as this to help farmers and their families who may be experiencing hardship due to disability or illness.
"Due to the recent bad harvest, this money will assist working farmers in the East Yorkshire area who may need financial support."
Helen Martin, the college's course manager for level three studies, said the event was a great way for the first-year students to get to know each other.
She said: "Some had never ploughed before in their life, while others hadn't sat on such a big tractor.
"The female students gave the lads a good run for their money."
Miss Martin said students wanted to fund raise for RABI because of the farming connection.
"During their studies, the students have been looking at volunteering and the importance of helping others.
"RABI was a natural choice for this first fundraising effort because of its farming connection.
"The students became even more interested in the charity when they realised it doesn't just help the older generation.
"It has projects such as Gateway to help young people involved in farming to achieve qualifications to help them diversify."