National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

The Lionel Hill Trophy

Awarded to the Club that has raised the greatest amount of funds per member for charitable purposes over a 12-month period.

Winners: Dartmouth YFC. Trophy collected by Club Chairman Robert Elliott.

Dartmouth raised £17,000 with 18 members, which was £944.44 per member.

There might only have been 18 members of Dartmouth YFC in 2017-18 but the club proved that small can be mighty when it hosted a ball for 500 people and raised an impressive £17,000 for charity.

When their much-loved President Lionel Bond died, the club wanted to do something in his memory and decided to put on their own 007-themed Ball. Marquees and sheds on a local farm were decked out and the club booked live music and DJs as well as provided three hogs and 100 kilos of beef for the supper. While caterers helped with the cooking, it was club members who served up and were actively involved in the running of the evening.

Club Chairman Robert Elliott, who works for a local shed builder, said it was certainly a challenge. “We definitely learnt a lot about hosting this kind of event – there was a lot of organisation involved in getting it off the ground but definitely worth it. We were shocked we had raised so much money.”

The club also held mini fundraisers throughout the year too, which included a bingo event, selling logs and helping to park cars at a local firework display.

Half of the money raised has been donated to Devon Air Ambulance while the other half has been invested into a scholarship fund for Dartmouth YFC members to access extra training opportunities.

Robert added: “It’s really great that we are such a small club but our achievements have been recognised nationally with this trophy. I am very proud to be collecting the trophy for our club.” 

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