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Walkerith: Farmer sends lorries filled with supplies to the flood affected farms in Somerset

Farmers in Gainsborough loaded lorries at the weekend with relief aid, feed and straw bales for grief stricken farmers in Somerset affected by the floods. Courtney Cotton, farmer James Chantry of Fieldside Farm, Tesco lorry driver Bob Stanier and farmer Henry Willoughby of BL Moulds  get the relief rolling. The Rose brothers of Highwood Farm were also helping with the aid project at another site

Farmers in Gainsborough loaded lorries at the weekend with relief aid, feed and straw bales for grief stricken farmers in Somerset affected by the floods. Courtney Cotton, farmer James Chantry of Fieldside Farm, Tesco lorry driver Bob Stanier and farmer Henry Willoughby of BL Moulds get the relief rolling. The Rose brothers of Highwood Farm were also helping with the aid project at another site

After seeing the devastation caused by the floods in Somerset a young farmer from Walkerith decided he wanted to do everything he could to help those affected.

James Chantry, of Fieldside Farm, is sending lorries filled with straw bales, animal feed and clothing to farms in Somerset which have been destroyed by the floods.

Thanks to help from Tesco James sent three lorries down south on Saturday 15th February and he is looking to do it all again on Saturday.

James said: “It all started when my other half Courtney had to go on a training course in Devon and I volunteered to fetch her.”

“I drove through Somerset to get to Devon and it was absolutely shocking.”

“The fields look like an ocean.”

“When I got home that night I lay in bed and thought surely there is something I can do to help them.”

“We had baled surplus amounts of straw and I thought we have got something that is sitting there doing nothing.”

“Farms are running out of food and bedding for the animals.”

“I thought rather than selling them I would rather give them to people that are desperately in need.”

James is a member of the Corringham Young Farmers Club and he appealed to them for supplies.

He said: “What they donated could fill an arctic lorry.”

“Bales are not the easiest thing to transport so I had a look on Twitter and Tesco were doing a service where they are lending lorries for people to use.”

“It’s a marvellous thing to do.”

As well as straw bales people have donated food for the animals, dry and warm clothing for the farmers and nearly £500 in cash which will be used to buy further supplies.

James said: “The response has been amazing.”

“So many farms have been affected and the farmers have lost their possessions.”

“It is absolutely amazing. It brings a tear to your eye.”

“This started from us having a few extra bales and it has just snowballed.”

“We are not going to give up and we will be sending another load down in the next few weeks.”

Another fleet of three lorries will be leaving this weekend, this time provided by Morrisons.

He added: “The farming community is close knit.”

 

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