Shropshire Star

Family steps up to keep dairy farm thriving after sudden death of beloved husband and father

After the sudden death of her husband early last year, mum-of-two Hannah Potter was determined to keep the family farm running in his honour.

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Hannah and family have all pitched in since the sudden loss of Graham. From left: Hannah's mother-in-law Hazel Butter, Scott Pearson, Olivia Potter, seven, Hannah Potter, Neil Preece, Giles Potter, four, and family friend Jack Jones. Inset: Hannah and Graham on their wedding day

Graham Potter of Ploxgreen, near Minsterley, was a devoted dairy farmer who wanted a thriving farm and dedicated his life to his herd and family.

He died in his sleep in January 2022, aged 42, leaving behind his wife Hannah and two children Olivia, seven, and Giles, aged four.

Despite never having worked on the farm full-time before suddenly having to step in, Hannah strived to keep the farm thriving and tried to balance her time between the business and her two children.

Hannah Potter with her daughter Olivia (left) and son Giles. Picture: Rhian Wilson

She said: "I was a farmer's daughter and I worked at a vets in Bridgnorth for 17 years. I did help my husband a little bit on the farm, but in no way like it is now.

"It's been horrendous and we have just been trying to get through it as best we can."

Hannah said she could not have continued with the operation of the farm without support from her family, her friends, industry reproduction management specialists and the local community.