A FARMER has raised £1,500 for charity after staging a night of country dancing in one of his barns.
Tim Jury, of Pickham Farm, Pett, put on the fundraiser in aid of Farm Africa, and sold almost 200 tickets in advance.
The evening started with a hearty ploughman’s meal to keep the dancers’ energy levels at the required level, and a cake specially baked with Farm Africa written across it was raffled off, raising a further £196.
Music and dancing followed to the infectious melodies and rhythms of local band, the Catsfield Steamers, who ensured that not even the most reluctant dancer could remain seated for long.
Organiser Tim said: “This was a great night for so many reasons. It’s great to see the local community getting together like this with so much enthusiasm, but more importantly, the night will hugely benefit those rural communities living in hunger, and who are benefiting so much from the work Farm Africa is doing on the ground.
“It’s just so rewarding to see that such fun can be had while at the same time raising so much money for such an important cause.”
Over the last 20 years, Tim has raised more than £30,000 for Farm Africa, and shows no sign of slowing down. His next fundraiser is to be a sponsored horse ride over the South Downs.