CHEESE lovers at the Great Yorkshire Show raised more than £5,500 for The Samaritans charity, to go towards supporting rural communities in need.

An auction is held every year in the Cheese and Dairy Section of the Great Yorkshire Show, giving visitors the chance to bid for a round of their favourite cheese.

Once the judging has taken place, it is over to the public to put in their highest bid to be in with a chance of taking home some of the country’s best cheese.

This year’s auction raised £5,579, which will go to The Samaritan’s Regional Rural Initiative account so it will be used directly for the benefit of rural communities.

Chief steward of the Cheese & Dairy Section, Caroline Bell from Shepherds Purse said: “This was an amazing amount of money raised for a worthy cause. Thank you to everyone who helped contribute, we are so grateful for all your support.”

Charles Mills, Show Director, said: “As a charity ourselves we are proud to be able to give this amount of money to the Samaritans who provide an essential service and we thank the Great Yorkshire Show visitors for their generosity.”

Alison Lumley from the Samaritans of Yorkshire & Humberside Rural Initiative said: “Thank you for such a generous donation to Samaritans of Yorkshire & Humberside Rural Initiative. The Samaritans understand that those involved in farming or living in rural communities are especially likely to experience isolation and loneliness, on top of all the pressures of work.

"We know that talking to someone confidentially about your feelings without fear of judgement can be a massive help. This donation will be used to support our work raising awareness of the benefits to mental health of talking and of the availability of our 24/7, free to access emotional support service.”

The Samaritans are available to people in need 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call this confidential service free on 116 123 or email

The dates for next year’s show are Tuesday, July 11, to Friday, July 14, 2023 and tickets will go on sale soon.