Farmer’s Cancer Fundraising Campaign Supported By Local Pocklington Businessman

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In a heartwarming display of community support, Pocklington businessman Chris Mitchell has contributed £500 to Pickering farmer Karl Avison’s cancer fundraising campaign. By purchasing a signed Leeds United shirt, along with a hospitality package, Mitchell extends his support to the Macmillan Nurses and Leeds United, while honoring Avison’s efforts to raise funds for cancer support.

The Generous Donation

Chris Mitchell, chairman of Lavender Fields Care Village in Barmby Moor, frequently visits Cedarbarn Farm Shop and Café, owned by Avison. Upon discovering a signed Leeds United shirt donated to support the Macmillan charity, Mitchell felt compelled to contribute by purchasing the shirt and a hospitality package, knowing it would aid Avison’s campaign.

Mitchell emphasized his enthusiasm for Leeds United and the Macmillan Nurses, stating it was an honor to participate in this fundraising effort and express support for Avison’s initiative.

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The Fundraising Effort

The package, which included the signed shirt and two corporate hospitality tickets to the Bremner suite in the West Stand for any fixture in the 2024/25 season, was organized by Thornton Le Dale father-son duo Paul and Jack Riley, alongside Pickering businessman Bob Batty.

The Rileys, lifelong Leeds United supporters, envisioned the signed shirt auction to raise money for the Ride of Their Lives appeal. Fellow LUFC fan Bob Batty complemented the package with the hospitality tickets.

Karl Avison’s Inspiring Path

Avison, at 61 years old, will make history as the first person to participate twice in the iconic Ride of Their Lives horse race, scheduled for June 15th at York Races. This event is a significant part of the Macmillan Charity Raceday, which has generated over £10 million since its inception in 1971.

To prepare for the race, Avison has been training rigorously, riding with Brian Ellison Racing, and undergoing strength and conditioning training at Jack Berry House in Malton.

Cedarbarn Farm Shop and Lavender Fields Care Village

Cedarbarn Farm Shop and Café, once a modest pick-your-own strawberry operation from a caravan in 1995, has evolved into a flourishing farm shop and café. Meanwhile, Lavender Fields Care Village, located near Pocklington, is a retirement community comprising 24 privately owned bungalows and a newly built care home featuring amenities like a pub, bistro, hairdressers, and gym.

Final Thoughts

Chris Mitchell’s generous donation not only highlights the spirit of community support but also underscores the importance of unity in raising funds for vital causes. Avison’s story, combined with the collaborative efforts of supporters like Mitchell, the Rileys, and Batty, showcases the power of teamwork and philanthropy in making a meaningful impact.

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