National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

01 December 2020

When fundraising plans were scuppered by COVID, Colchester YFC’s President Guy French kindly stepped in with an idea that would bring festive joy. He donated 20 Christmas trees, grown on his farm, to the club to sell in the local area. Colchester Club Secretary Belle Gardner explained their idea

Q. Why did you want to do this fundraiser? 

A. Like every YFC, the Coronavirus pandemic has been tough for us. We had to cancel a lot of our fundraising activities at the beginning of the year, meaning we couldn’t raise as much as we wanted for our charities – ABF The Soldiers Charity and Prostate Cancer UK.

Our president Guy French runs Foxes Farm Produce with his wife and they grow and sell Christmas trees. We were at a committee meeting trying to come up with some fundraising ideas and Guy kindly said he would donate 20 Christmas trees for us to sell.

As well as selling the trees, we will also be offering a tree collection service after Christmas. We will charge customers for this service – with the money being donated to charity.

A few of our members will collect the trees in January and these will be taken by one of our members to be used on a game shoot.

Q. Have any of the members been involved in growing the trees?

A. The Farm and business, Foxes Farm Produce, belongs to our President and his family. Every year a number of our members go down to the farm to help them harvest the trees and some of them also help sell the trees at the farm as well.

Q. Where can people buy your trees from?

A. They can contact us through our Facebook page

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