DPJ tractor raffle helps spread mental health message

A holidaymaker from the Midlands this year, the DPJ Foundation was offering one lucky winner an amazing sweepstakes prize, a Fordson Super Dexta Tractor.

During the summer the tractor made its way to a number of shows, including the Royal Welsh Show, the Vale of Glamorgan Agricultural Show, and the Pembrokeshire County Fair.

The drawing took place at Carmarthen Livestock Market and the lucky winner was Mark Doughty from Stratford-upon-Avon who bought his winning ticket (No. 01529) at the Gower Show whilst on holiday in the area.

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Although he wasn’t a cultivator, Mark was over the moon to hear the news.

He said, “What a very exciting piece of news. It has caused quite a stir among our family and friends as you can imagine!”

“I hope the raffle was successful and it raised a good amount of money for the DPJ and it looks like a great cause.”

Kate Miles, DPJ Foundation Charity Director, said: “We would like to congratulate Mark on winning this sweet little tractor. We would also like to thank everyone who purchased a ticket over the summer and say a huge thank you to all our sponsors – FM Caine & Sons, Harlech Foodservice and Agri Advisor, NFU Mutual Crymych, Fishguard and Narberth, Noble Foods Ltd, TBS Skip Hire & Recycling, Trevayne Farm Caravan & Camping, Llaeth Y Llan, Signspeed Without their support we could not have managed this competition.

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“The raffle is a huge fundraiser for us, but just as important it attracts people of all ages to our viewing platform raising awareness.

“This summer we had conversations with people we wouldn’t have otherwise because they wanted to look at the tractor.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported this raffle to help haul the tractor, buy a ticket or sponsor us, the money will go towards helping us continue to support mental health in agriculture in our rural communities in Wales.”

If you feel you need support or want someone to talk to, the DPJ Helpline is open 24/7 and is completely confidential. Call 0800 587 4262 or text (only) 07860 048799.

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To celebrate another year of working with Welsh Farmers to improve mental health and well-being, the DPJ Foundation is hosting two Winter Balls, one in South Wales held at the weekend at the Wolfscastle Hotel, Haverfordwest, and the other in North Wales at the Woodlands Hall Hotel, Pwllheli.

Head to the DPJ Foundation website to learn more.


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