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Poignant events mark 60 years of Derry City YFC

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This year marks the 60th anniversary of Derry City Young Farmers.

The club has decided to mark the milestone by raising funds for Air Ambulance Northern Ireland and in memory of member Gordon’s father, David Crockett, who sadly lost his life last year in a farming accident.

The air ambulance carrying the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) Team was tasked to the incident back in June 2020.

The young farmers have sourced and bought a 60-year-old Fendt tractor which was in Germany and brought it back to Londonderry.

The tractor will be a main attraction at a family fun day being organised in Eglinton on September 10-11 during which it will be used in a 24-hour plough.

The fun day will also involve a children’s petting farm, agricultural display and refreshments on sale.

Club leader Ellen McCollum said: “We always intended to do something to mark the 60 years of the club and it seems fitting to do this in David’s memory.

“Air Ambulance NI is there for us all and we know that whatever we can raise will potentially help someone else who finds themselves in trouble.

“We are encouraging the whole community to come along to the family fun day to see the tractor. It has lots of character and will be a real spectacle.

“After the event we will be auctioning the tractor to raise money for the charity. We will have more details of that to come.”

The charity Air Ambulance Northern Ireland, in partnership with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, provides the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service for Northern Ireland.

The service brings urgent medical assistance to anywhere in the Province, operating 365 days of the year.

It can get to anywhere in Northern Ireland in approximately 25 minutes and is needed on average twice per day with a fundraising need of £2 million each year.

To make a donation in regards to the clubs efforts, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/city-of-derry-yfc

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