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Marshal Papworth Fund announces Lord Iveagh as its Patron

Marshal Papworth Fund announces Lord Iveagh as its Patron

The Marshal Papworth Fund, which educates agricultural and horticultural students from developing countries, through its UK based scholarship and short course programmes, is proud to announce the appointment of The Rt. Hon. Arthur Edward Rory Guinness, 4th Earl of Iveagh as its Patron.

Born and brought up on a farm in Dublin, Lord Iveagh is the Guinness family custodian of Elveden Farms, a 22,500 acre Suffolk estate, which has been farmed in hand for four generations. Over the last thirty years, Lord Iveagh has played an intrinsic role in moving the estate from dairying and sugar beet into field scale vegetable and cereals production, producing over 100,000 tonnes for UK and overseas markets.

Lord Iveagh has also been responsible for leading the development of ‘The Elveden’ offering, augmenting produce from alternative sources to offer a range of branded and own brand products for 52 weeks of the year for its own delicatessen style farm shop, café restaurant and pub.

Commenting on the appointment, Chairman of the Marshal Papworth Fund, James Parrish said: “We are thrilled to announce that Lord Iveagh has joined the Marshal Papworth Fund as its patron. This is the first time that the Fund has had the privilege of a patron and we look forward to working closely with Lord Iveagh to identify and nurture potential partners, sponsors and advocates to help us secure the Fund’s future and enable many more agricultural students from developing countries to benefit from our scholarships.”

Commenting on his appointment, Lord Iveagh said: “I have long enjoyed an association with the East of England Agricultural Society, who manage the Marshal Papworth Fund, so when I was asked to help support the great work that the charity undertakes I was only too pleased. I am part of an inter-generational family business and I know the importance that the role of sustainability plays in securing social, ecological and commercial longevity.

Being equipped to effect change, quickly and efficiently is fundamental to our future and being able to share such skills and knowledge with agricultural students in developing countries will help us to support and maximise opportunities for generations to come.”

Since the formation of the Marshal Papworth Fund, 12 years ago, the charity has empowered over one hundred students from developing countries to achieve their dreams and help their home communities. To sustain its programme and make it possible for many more students from around the world to benefit from the education it provides, the Fund relies on donations. To find out more please contact Sandra Lauridsen on 01733 363514 or email slauridsen@eastofengland.org.uk.

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