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Merry Millers charity auction

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In what was likley to be the largest farmer orientated charity auction held in the area, The Merry Millers biennial event raised an amazing £30,110 for local charities including St Michael’s Hospice at Home, Neville Hall ITU with the majority of monies raised going to Wye Valley NHS Hereford in support of Breast and Prostate cancer departments, and the Heart and Lung departments.

Janey Cotton and Ian Pugh

With more than 300 attendees from nine different counties the event was held at the Three Counties Hotel, Hereford with the main sponsors being The Wye Valley Group. The enthusiastic sell-out crowd bid well and were encouraged by the ‘on form’ auctioneer, Martyn Evans. Items on offer included hay, straw, fertiliser, cross compliance, feeding stuff, auctioneer's commission, silo wrap, accommodation in top hotels, meals in local hostelries, Richard Johnson’s jockey breeches, rounds of golf, meat for freezer, farm contracting, vets fees etc

The star items auctioned on the night was a framed Manchester United football shirt, signed by Sir Alex Ferguson which sold for £1400, a calf creep feeder for £1150 and two Centre Court tickets for Wimbledon sold for £800.

Katie Farmer, representing the Wye Valley NHS Trust, attended the event and gave all attendees an insight into the work of the WVNHS Trust and why monies are very much needed.

Co Organisers of the event Ian Pugh and daughter Janey Cotton give a heartfelt thankyou to the sponsors, patrons on the night and the commission bids from non-attendees who could not get tickets.

“We are stunned and delighted by the wonderful response and the Merry Millers have now raised just shy of £90k with the four events held,” said Mr Pugh.

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