Wanstrow-based agricultural suppliers Read Agriservices has raised £718 for Willberry Wonder Pony, the charity set up by Hannah Francis, the brave 18-year-old event rider who died last year of cancer. 

More than 400 people turned up to Read’s open evening, where there was a chance to buy farm-related items at discounted prices, enjoy free burgers and sausages, try your hand at go karting on a specially made track in the fabrication shop - which proved particularly popular with the younger generation - while those who were were slightly more senior had fabulous fun racing around a nearby field on quad bikes. 

Upton Noble resident Verna Kinder won the raffle and received the sought prize of a chain saw. 

However, after careful consideration Verna decided that a career as a lumberjack was not for her, so she took the money instead and promptly donated it to the charity. So instead of the £618 originally raised in the raffle we sent off £718,” said Read’s owner Gill Read. “We couldn’t have been more delighted to have raised so much for such a worthwhile cause.”  

For more information on Read Agriservices, log on to www.readagri.co.uk.