An on-line fundraiser has been set as a lot as assist a Durham farmer meet costs associated to clearing his title – and carry crucial funds for rural charities.
Tenant hill farmer Robert Hooper was cleared of felony damage and dangerous driving at Durham Crown Courtroom earlier this month.
The 57-year-old fourth period farmer confronted the charges after he used his telehandler to take away a Vauxhall Corsa, blocking the driveway at Brockersgill Farm, Newbiggin-in-Teesdale, on 5 June ultimate 12 months.
Mr Hooper argued in court docket that an Englishman’s home is his citadel and he claimed he was punched twice inside the face sooner than he used the telehandler to take away the automotive from a lane exterior his farm.
His affiliate, Karen Henderson, has launched an enchantment to enhance money to cowl just a few of the costs related to the court docket case, along with paying additional staff whereas he was away. Thus far, higher than £4,000 has been raised in path of the objective of £20,000.
Mr Hooper has expressed his gratitude for the “overwhelming help from the area people and folks from afar which stored him going by the final eight months of hell”.
He’s now hoping to entice one factor constructive from the experience and hopes that the crowdfunding enchantment could even generate surplus money to fund duties that assist rural communities, particularly an space charity, Higher Teesdale Agricultural Assist Companies (UTASS) and the nationwide Farming Group Community (FCN).
Ms Henderson talked about: “Robert could also be very grateful for the handfuls of messages of assist from farmers and non-farmers he has obtained since he was cleared. He needs one factor good to come again out of such a horrible experience.
“We wish to repay that help by elevating as a lot cash as attainable for UTASS and farming charities. It will likely be clear and little or no of the cash raised will go in direction of court docket prices.”
Donations could also be made by Mr Hooper’s GoFundMe net web page.