Catterick Young Farmers Club has chosen the intensive care unit at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough as their charity of the year for 2015/2016.
The club, dedicated to supporting young people in agriculture and the countryside, currently has around 35 members who all live within a 10 miles radius of Catterick.
Young Farmers is a rural youth organisation for people between the ages of 10 and 26 and although farming roots still remain, it now involves a varied range of young people with different backgrounds and interests and you don’t have to be a farmer to join.
Being a young farmer offers a unique opportunity to develop skills, work with their local community, travel abroad, take part in a varied competitions programme and enjoy a dynamic social life. Most of the clubs nominate a charity for the year and undertake sponsored events to raise funds.
Catterick Young Farmers decided to support intensive care which cares for critically ill patients at the Middlesbrough hospital in appreciation of the expertise, care and support provided by the dedicated doctors and nurses in saving lives, caring for patients and supporting their families.
Enthusiastic club members are determined to raise as much as possible for the unit and are glad to be able to help and do something worthwhile for the hospital.
They are looking forward to raising lots of money throughout the year and are busy planning a series of events to get their fundraising off to a flying start. This includes their upcoming dinner dance, muck chucking (where they sell manure) bag packing, vintage tractor runs, raffles, washing cars and lots more.
Fifteen of the young farmers visited the unit to meet the staff and gain a better understanding of critical care and what it involves. Over 2,300 patients a year are treated in the critical care unit at The James Cook University Hospital. The unit comprises of 16 beds across intensive care units 2 and 3 and 16 beds based on general high dependency.
Debbie Craddock ward manager, ICU 3, said: “We are very grateful to Catterick Young Farmers for choosing us as their charity of the year. We know their support will be very beneficial for patients at the hospital. We much appreciate their help and are sure our partnership will be a great success and look forward to working with them.”