Yorkwold Awareness Walk raises over £10,000

Report by Debbie Sutton

Delighted organisers of a fundraising walk to honour two East Yorkshire farmers who tragically lost their lives in a farming accident last year have raised more than £10,000 to help the families of the two men.

Staff from Driffield-based firm Yorkwold Pigpro Ltd organised the 25-mile walk on Saturday in memory of Alexander Forman and Richard Pooley who died last December while working on a farm in Sunk Island.

More than 100 Yorkwold employees, family and friends took part in the walk which began at Yorkwold head office in Driffield and followed the Driffield Canal to Wansford, before heading north through Nafferton, Lowthorpe and Kilham.

The walkers then headed on to the Wolds before looping back to the Yorkwold office, for a hog roast, courtesy of Hot Trotters Hog Roast Co.
More than 60 walkers completed the full 25 miles with others joining in for sections of the walk. The money raised through the walk will go into two separate funds to support the children of the two men.

msh1625y095Mr Pooley, from Roos, left behind his partner Amanda and their four-year-old son Josh. Mr Forman, from Sunk Island, left behind his partner Lucy Hartlebury-Forman and their oneyear-old son Felix.

The Forman family run an arable and pig farm and have looked after Yorkwold pigs on a bed and breakfast basis for almost 20 years.

Joe Dewhirst of Yorkwold Pigpro, said: “We have a very long standing relationship with the Forman family as they have looked after our pigs for many years. We wanted to do something special in memory of Zander and Rich, to create awareness of the dangers of working on farms and to raise money for the two young boys’ futures.

“We had a good turnout on the day and it was nice to get lots of Rich and Zander’s families and friends here.

“Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and we have had some good feedback from the event. I am really appreciative for the help on the day – it was a real team effort.”

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