£13,000 was raised for The Prince’s Countryside Fund at an auction held at Cereals 2014 on Wednesday 11th June.
Three lots were auctioned, each donated by the manufacturer. A one-year lease of a Case IH Puma 160 CVX tractor went to Mick Richards, who farms at Market Weighton in Yorkshire, four Mitas 460/70 R24 TI22 tyres went to John Van Geest of Agriserves at Spalding in Lincolnshire, while Andrew Curtis of H Curtis & Sons in Bristol took a season’s lease of a 3 metre Claydon Hybrid drill.
The auction, conducted by Bill King of Cheffins, attracted large crowds and raised valuable funds for the charity. The Prince’s Countryside Fund Ambassador and former England and British & Irish Lions rugby captain Phil Vickery MBE was on hand to present the successful bidders with their winning lots.
“We were delighted with the results of the auction,” said Helen Aldis of The Prince’s Countryside Fund. “This builds on the very successful auction that was held here last year and demonstrates the level of support amongst the farming community for the work of the charity.”
Charles Blessley, Marketing Manager, Case IH UK and Ireland stated: “We were pleased to have been able to host the auction on our stand and to donate the lease of a Puma 160 to such a worthwhile cause. Mick Richards already uses our machines, so he knows what a good deal he has got.”