Single farmers wanted to help raise funds for Hospice

Helping to launch Southern Area Hospice Services' upcoming fundraising event, 'The Farmer Wants a Wife' are Josephine Keenan of Southern Area Hospice and local farmer, Padraig McAteer. Participants are required for the show which takes place on Friday 25th September 2015 at Armagh City Hotel. For more information contact the Hospice Fundraising Office on 028 30251333.
Helping to launch Southern Area Hospice Services' upcoming fundraising event, 'The Farmer Wants a Wife' are Josephine Keenan of Southern Area Hospice and local farmer, Padraig McAteer. Participants are required for the show which takes place on Friday 25th September 2015 at Armagh City Hotel. For more information contact the Hospice Fundraising Office on 028 30251333.

Southern Area Hospice Services are on the hunt once again for single farmers to take part in their upcoming fundraising event, ‘The Farmer Wants a Wife’ which will take place in The Armagh City Hotel on Friday 25th September 2015, generously supported for the third year in a row by main sponsors, Tullyherron Farm Feeds and also by Armagh City Hotel.

The eligible farmers who sign up will be interviewed on stage by MC Malachi Cush – this will give them the chance to impress any potential future wives in the audience with tales of their acres, livestock and of course not forgetting the tractors. The contestants will all have the chance to perform a talent as part of their interview. In the past the talents have included everything from cow milking demonstrations to jiving – the more original the talent, the better.

Following the interviews, the audience and the judging panel which includes Lynette Fay of BBC Radio Ulster, Roberta Simmons, President of the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster and Farmer Joe, star of the recent comedy production, Farmer Joe and his John Deere Tractor, will place their votes for their favourite farmer to determine who the winner will be. When the winner has been crowned, there will be a blind date style finale to the show – this is a new twist on the show this year which promises to be very entertaining! The show will be followed by music and dancing to Johnny Brooks.

Anne Mac Oscar of Southern Area Hospice Services encouraged eligible farmers to come forward to take part in the event, said: “We are looking forward to a great night in the Armagh City Hotel on Friday 25th September 2015. ‘The Farmer Wants a Wife’ is only possible each year thanks to the farmers - I would encourage any single farmers who would be willing to take part this year to get in touch as soon as possible.”

Anne continued: “All funds raised through ‘The Farmer Wants a Wife’ will help Southern Area Hospice Services to continue our work in the local area, caring for people who are living with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease, HIV and Aids. We have a fundraising target of £2.38 million for 2015 alone to help us to continue to offer the current level of services which we provide and events such as ‘The Farmer Wants a Wife’ are very important in helping us to achieve this.”

Kieran Shields, director of Tullyherron Farm Feeds Ltd, said: “This is our third consecutive year as main sponsor of this fantastic event and we are as proud as ever to be involved with it. The Southern Area Hospice Services do great work in this area and without events such as ‘The Farmer Wants a Wife’ a lot of this work wouldn’t be possible. The last two years have been a huge success and I believe this year will prove to be just that – if not better. I would encourage everyone, both young and old to show their support in raising much needed funds for this worthy cause.”

If you are a single farmer who would be willing to take part or if you know one who is, then Southern Area Hospice Services wants to hear from you. For more information contact Anne on 028 30251333 or email macoscara@southernareahospiceservices.org.

Tickets for the show (£12.50 each) are on sale from Southern Area Hospice reception, Armagh City Hotel reception, Tullyherron Farm Feeds, by contacting Anne on 028 30251333 or online at www.eventbrite.co.uk.