Farmers raise thousands for Southern Area Hospice Services

Pictured are all the farmers who took part in 'The Farmer Wants a Wife' along with members of the judging panel for the night, Kieran Shields from main sponsors, Tullyherron Farm Feeds and Anne Mac Oscar of Southern Area Hospice Services. Photo credit: Emma McAnallen, EMA Photos.
Pictured are all the farmers who took part in 'The Farmer Wants a Wife' along with members of the judging panel for the night, Kieran Shields from main sponsors, Tullyherron Farm Feeds and Anne Mac Oscar of Southern Area Hospice Services. Photo credit: Emma McAnallen, EMA Photos.
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Upwards on 1,200 people attended ‘The Farmer Wants a Wife’ in the Armagh City hotel on Friday 22nd November 2014, to help raise funds for Southern Area Hospice Services.

The event saw 10 local farmers take part in what was a very entertaining show, compered by Malachi Cush. They were: Francis Ward – Markethill, Conor Coulter – Bessbrook, Joseph Black – Richhill, Sean Grant – Camlough, Kieran Larkin – Dromintee, Philip Edwards – Ballygawley, Daniel Magill – Poyntzpass, Johnny McKeown – Camlough, William Donaldson – Rathfriland, Martin Teggart - Cullyhanna

It was Philip Edwards from Ballygawley who won the most votes from the audience and the judging panel and walked away with a date. This year’s judging panel included Lynette Fay of BBC Radio Ulster; Roberta Simmons, Deputy President of the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster; Farmer Joe, star of Armagh Tigers’ comedy production of ‘Farmer Joe and his John Deere Tractor’ and Southern Area Hospice Services’ volunteer, John Jardine. Philip will now go on a date with a potential wife who was selected from the audience on the night. He also won a voucher from the main sponsors, Tullyherron Farm Feeds.

Francis Ward from Markethill and Martin Teggart from Cullyhanna were narrowly beaten into 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

Southern Area Hospice Services would like to thank everyone who attended and supported ‘The Farmer Wants a Wife’. They would also like to thank all of the sponsors of the event including Tullyherron Farm Feeds who were the main sponsors, the Ulster Farmers’ Union, Armagh City Hotel, Leo Larkin of Flatout Media who produced the farmer videos for the night, Emma McAnallen of EMA Photos, HFS Agri-hire, Formula Karting, Newry, Greyhill Agricultural and Industrial Training, Farming Life, Burkes of Cornascribe and Supervalu, Newry. To date, over £16,500 has been raised for Southern Area Hospice Services through the event with money still coming in.

Anne Mac Oscar of Southern Area Hospice Services thanked all those who supported it saying: “We would like to thank everyone who came along to support ‘The Farmer Wants a Wife’. We are delighted with how successful it has been for the second year in a row. We are very grateful to the farmers who participated – without them the night would not have been possible.

“I think everyone who was in attendance will agree that they put on a fantastic show, helping to raise a fantastic sum of money for the Hospice, which will be used to help us to continue to care for people in the local area who are living with Cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease, HIV and Aids.”

DVDs of the ‘The Farmer Wants a Wife’ are now on sale from Southern Area Hospice reception (Courtenay Hill, Newry) and Dungannon Day Hospice (D Floor, South Tyrone Hospital), Tullyherron Farm Feeds, Bolton Road Service Station, Markethill Livestock Sales, S.A.F.E. Camlough or by ringing Anne on 028 30251333 or emailing macoscara@southernareahospiceservices.org. They cost £10 each with proceeds going to Southern Area Hospice Services.