Naked Farmer charity cricket day raises awareness and funds for rural mental health issues

A charity cricket day organised by a Norfolk farmer who suffered depression after being diagnosed with terminal cancer has raised a huge total so far.

The Naked Farmer’s event at Brisley on Saturday has so far raised £43,000 for The YANA (You Are Not Alone) Project that helps farmers cope with mental health issues.

According to the Eastern Daily Press, around 300 people attended the event, which was organised by three English-Australian couples: Patrick and his wife Zanna and their friends Chris and Lucy McKay, and Billy and Sara Fordham.

Patrick Joice has been helped through his mental health issues by his wife Zanna and YANA, who he has been on a mission to raise awareness of and support financially.

Joice’s team of farmers won the 20-over match by two runs. Afterwards, he said he was overwhelmed by how the day had gone.

“The fundraising in itself was unbelievable, but the day has beaten all expectations – and we’ve had a great game of cricket,” he told the EDP. “When we started all this, the idea was to raise awareness of mental health in agriculture, raise some money for YANA and have some fun while doing so. I think we have done all those things.”

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