National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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28 September 2021

A young farmer who has shown relentless support for his rural community in Yorkshire has been recognised with a national award.

Joe Holmes, from Worth Valley, is a keen supporter of local causes and was chosen as the winner of The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Club’s (NFYFC) Community Supporter of the Year Award 2021. The award is part of NFYFC’s annual YFC Achiever Awards, which recognise the achievements of members during the previous membership year.  

Joe was revealed as the winner during an online awards show on Monday 13 September, which was introduced by NFYFC President and former international rugby referee Nigel Owens MBE. 

Joe is Worth Valley YFC’s Club Chair and encourages members of the club to get involved in charity work too – often tying in activities to a club meeting or event. Joe has re-painted train stations for the local steam railway, been involved in tree planting and collecting Christmas trees, among other projects.

The most recent festive tree collection, organised with his YFC, raised an impressive £27,000 for the local Sue Ryder hospice, where Joe is also a volunteer. 

Described as a role model to others in the club, Joe has also found the charity events a popular way to sign up new members too. 

Joe said: “It was a privilege to win this award but it’s for the whole of Worth Valley YFC as all the members have been supporting our community with me. 

“My predecessors at Worth Valley YFC put so much work into the club and its members so I wanted to give back to the club and also extend that support to the wider rural community that surrounds where we all live.

“Our local Sue Ryder hospice offers such great care and support to our local area. They’ve helped the families of my friends and work colleagues so it’s only fair that we try and give something back to them.” 

The winner of the Community Supporter of the Year Award was chosen by Welsh dairy farmer and Chair of the NFU Cymru Milk Board Abi Reader, Chair of Trustees at RABI Jeanette Dawson and NFYFC’s Vice Chair Rose Bennett.

Jeanette Dawson said: 

“All of the judges were so impressed by the amazing amount of work that YFC members do to support their local rural communities – and especially so during the pandemic. While we had a tough job choosing our finalists, we were all blown away by the amount of work Joe Holmes has been doing to support his rural community in Yorkshire. The generosity he shows to supporting others is exemplary and we also loved the way he was engaging other members of his YFC in those activities too.   

“Joe has not only supported his community during the current membership year and throughout the pandemic – but his dedication spans a number of years and on a range of different projects. Joe is very deserving of this award and a huge thank you to him for all he does to help other people and to bring his community together."  

The Community Supporter of the Year Award is one of eight award categories and all the winners were revealed during the YFC Achiever Awards announcement shows that ran each night from 13-17 September 2021.  

All the awards videos from the week can be seen here.

See more information about all five finalists of the Community Supporter of the Year Award here.


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