Published: 07/05/2019We love it when our community comes together, especially when it is to raise awareness of something which is so widespread yet so rarely discussed.
In March 2018, local poultry farmer Patrick Joice, was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and later, severe depression. By his own admission, “I didn't believe in depression and thought folks just needed a kick up the backside which then included myself. By December thanks to my amazing Wife, Zanna, who literally dragged me to the doctor, I not only accepted that I needed help but also began to see how wide spread the problem is in society.”
He received support from the charity YANA (You Are Not Alone) which helps those in farming who may be affected by stress and depression. Farming and agriculture are ingrained in Norfolk life, but those working in this sector are all too often reluctant to seek support.
So, Patrick is holding a Naked Farmer Cricket Day in order to not only raise awareness of mental health in agriculture, but also much needed funds to support the work of YANA, and Sowerbys are excited to be one of the sponsors for the event.
The event is named after the Facebook group, The Naked Farmer, which encourages farmers to post nude pictures of themselves and discuss their concerns.
The Naked Farmer Cricket Day (clothing preferred!) will be held on Saturday 22nd June 2019 at the Brisley Cricket Club and is a ticketed event.
You can find out more on the fundraising page, or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you wish to contact YANA for support for yourself or a loved one, visit their website or call on 0300 323 0400.