Generous crop of youngsters

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SUFFOLK is well-known for its livestock farms and fields of crops, but this week a group of young farmers showed that the agricultural community can be so much more.

The Stowmarket Young Farmers’ Club (SYFC) showed their generosity by handing over more than £10,000 to five causes at a special event held at their annual general meeting.

The group joined together at The Limes Hotel, in Needham Market, on Wednesday, after raising £10,345 at a June fund-raising reunion party in memory of two former members.

The group donated £1,293 each to four charities in memory of former member 37-year-old Philip Scarff, from Shelland, a cyclist who was killed in a crash last year.

His parents were there to present cheques to Brake, the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Harleston Church and Winstons Wish.

The SYFC also presented £5,173 to St Elizabeth Hospice, in memory of Filippa Smith, a former member who received care there in 2009.

Fenella Morton, SYFC chairman, said: “It was a fantastic achievement and I’m very proud to pass this money over on behalf of the SYFC. I like to think it will do some good.”