Oswestry School 1st Form pupil Tom Evans has had an astounding year. His story began early this year when Tom decided that he wanted to do something to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
His grandmother was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer having spent three and a half months in hospital Tom felt grateful for the care his grandmother received and thought it would be a good idea to give something back. So far Tom has raised over £17,200 and this figure is still increasing with Tom aiming to hit £20,000 by the end of the year.
The fundraising began in May at the first agricultural show in Builth Wells. Here, at the Royal Welsh Spring Festival, Tom showed his Kerry Hill sheep and also took along his pink Cancer Research sheep. Here he qualified for the Young Shepherd of the Year competition that would be held later in the year. Tom’s next show was Shrewsbury Agricultural County Show where he gained Overall Champion Young Handler and from there he headed to the Royal Welsh Show where he was awarded Overall Champion with his Kerry Hill Tup. At Flint and Denbigh Show he won Interbreed Champion class where all the individual breed champions go forward to compete for the Interbreed Champion sheep of the show, an amazing feat in itself.
Tom then concentrated his efforts for the Young Shepherd of the Year competition held in Harrogate where he competed against 19 other champions from different regions. At the end of the competition he was crowned Junior Young Shepherd 2016 and all his dedication and hard work was rewarded.
Along with filming for a BBC2 Wales documentary about Tom and his sheep for the Royal Welsh 2016 programme he was also filmed by Midlands TV at Burwarton show focussing on his raising funds with the Cancer Research pink sheep.
More recently Tom has been awarded Young Handler of the year by the Kerry Hill Flock Society for the third year running, along with Best Flock of Kerry Ewe Lambs and Best Ram of the Year.
With fundraising still very much at the forefront of Tom’s mind he has created a Christmas card that will be sold locally with all proceeds going towards his £20,000 target.