Generous gifts in memory of friends

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A GROUP of young farmers have donated more than £10,000 to charity in memory of a former member who was tragically killed.

Stowmarket Young Farmers’ Club raised £10,345 to be split between several charities in memory of 37-year-old Philip Scarff, a cyclist from Shelland, killed in a crash last year.

The group handed over cheques to five special causes at their annual general meeting, held at The Limes Hotel, in Needham Market, last week.

Brake, the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Harleston Church and Winston’s Wish all received £1,293 each.

Philip’s parents, Jean and Traver Scarff, presented the cheques to each charity representative.

Peter Scates, who accepted the donation on behalf of Harleston Church, said: “To have this money for Harleston church is a very fitting tribute to Phil.

“We are all privileged to have known him.

“There is a church window in need of repair which will be dedicated to Phil’s memory. Then it will follow his example and shed light.”

St Elizabeth Hospice, in Ipswich, received £5,173 from the group in memory of former member Fillipa Smith, who received care there in 2009.

Sam Wilson, chairman of the hospice, said: “This is a fantastic effort on your part. I’m touched by the support that you give us.

“We are there to improve the life of people with progressive illness.

“We do gratefully thank you from the bottom of our hearts for this.”

Stowmarket Young Farmers’ Club raised the money by holding a reunion party and auction of promises in June, with more than 400 people in attendance.

Fenella Morton, Stowmarket Young Farmers’ Club chairman, said: “It was a fantastic achievement and I’m very proud to pass this money over on behalf of Stowmarket Young Farmers’ Club.

“I like to think it will do some good.”

For more information about the group go to www.suffolkyoungfarmers.com