Lee Mooney from Achill, Co. Mayo is hosting a 24-hour sheep shearing charity event in aid of Bumbleance – the children’s ambulance service.
The event will take place at a neighbour’s farm near his home in Doonagh, Achill, on July 19th – 20th from 10 am.
The young shearer told That’s Farming that he has approximately 320 sheep in-line for the occasion.
“A lot of them will be my own sheep, although I have had a lot of neighbours and local farmers holding off shearing their sheep for me,” said Lee.
“I don’t think that there will be any records broken” he laughed.
There are eight volunteers who will step in when Lee takes a break for there to be continuous shearing throughout the 24 hours.
“The reason I picked this brilliant charity is that it is one close to my family and it helps children all over the country to feel safe and secure while they are attending hospital in comfort.
Other services provided by the ambulance includes;
- Critical care and hospital transfers
- Angel trips
- Pre and post-surgical appointments such as Organ Transplants
- Respite and hospice trips and cancer treatments.
This unique service allows for sick children to make these journeys as easy and comfortable as possible whilst having the luxury of relaxing watching a DVD or playing the PlayStation.
Lee spends his summers shearing while he is going through college and can operate both blade and electronic shearing, although he has not sheared competitively yet, this may be something he will do in the future.