NFU Cymru supports local sheep sale's year of fundraising

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NFU Cymru supported the Cnewr Estate sale as it launched a year of fundraising activities for two important charities.

The traditional sheep sale, which marked its 150th year, launched a fundraising year aiming to raise funds for Cancer Research Wales and the DPJ Foundation. The year began with the sale of handheld clippers, kindly donated by the Welsh Shearing centre, which raised a total of £400. The 2020 sale also saw the launch of the grand raffle and the year will conclude with a charity function, including a promise auction at Cnewr Estate in September 2021.

Speaking on behalf of Cnewr Estate Limited, Chairman, David Lloyd said: “The annual draft sheep sale has been a major influence, not only on the estate, but also in the local community. When the McTurks first came to Cnewe the fat wethers were regularly walked down the South Wales valleys and sold to the local butchers.  Those were the times when payment was in cash and in silver sovereigns. It was around 1868/9 that it was decided that the market should come to the farm. The event is steeped in history and the Cnewr Estate sale has been a tradition of the Crai Valley for generations.” 

Rachel Chapel and James Lloyd – the brother and sister team who currently manage the Estate said, “Reaching 150 years is important to us and we are delighted to begin our fundraising year at the sale. Our chosen charities will have been hugely affected by a lack of opportunity to fundraise this year and we would like to help them – with something a little different.”

Anna-Marie Jones, Community Fundraiser for Cancer Research Wales commented: “We at Cancer Research Wales believe that today’s research is tomorrow’s health.  We are dedicated to funding world-class research to create a better future for cancer patients in Wales. We can't do this without the generosity of the people of Wales and so we are extremely grateful to James and all involved with Cnewr Estate for choosing to support us to help ensure fewer people feel the fear and heartbreak of cancer."

Kate Miles from the DPJ Foundation said: “This has been a challenging year for many, especially those in the agricultural community, with the extremes of weather, Covid-19 and uncertainty.  This all can take a toll on mental wellbeing and we are here at the DPJ Foundation to help.  We are determined to help break the stigma around mental health in the farming community and we want to encourage farmers and their families who need help to get that support.  We are really pleased that the Cnewr Estate team have chosen to support us through their fundraising as not only does this allow us to continue supporting farmers, but it also helps start conversations around mental health.”

Stella Owen NFU Cymru County Adviser said: “After a challenging period, with farmers working hard to continue to produce food and rural communities strained by the loss of many annual agricultural get togethers, it is important to remember that our health is vital, whether that is mental or physical.  NFU Cymru looks forward to supporting the Cnewr Estate with their fundraising activities for both worthwhile charities over the coming year.”

For more information and to support fundraising activities please contact James Lloyd on 07774839152.


Last edited: 16:33 on 17 September 2020

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