NFU Community Farming Hero: Andy and Lynda Eadon – West Midlands

First published: 02 November 2022

NFU Community Farming Hero: Andy and Lynda Eadon

NFU Community Farming Hero: Andy and Lynda Eadon – West Midlands

Meet NFU Community Farming Heroes, husband and wife Andy and Lynda Eadon, of Napton. They won the award for the West Midland's region for their campaigning and fundraising work.

The Rt Hon Sir Jeremy Wright, Conservative MP for Kenilworth and Southam, nominated the couple for their work following their son Len’s death.

Leonard took his own life on New Year’s Day and Andy and Lynda have been raising awareness and funds ever since to help prevent their family tragedy happening to others.

Since January, with support from those in Warwickshire and beyond, the Stratford and South Warwickshire NFU members have raised more than £80,000 for various charities.

Vital funds have gone to PAPYRUS, The Farm Safety Foundation and The Farming Community Network.

Andy and Lynda travelled to London for the NFU awards ceremony to meet other regional winners from across the country, MPs, including Sir Jeremy, and senior union officeholders.  

Lynda said: “'We have tried to make, what is essentially a very difficult subject more open to discussion and one that youngsters, in particular, recognise and are prepared to talk about. 

“We want young people to recognise the signs and symptoms of someone struggling and to be able to support each other by feeling able to start a conversation.”

“The community has felt the family’s loss and we all fondly remember Len, the work they are doing now is really helping to make a difference and I commend them for it.”

George Bostock, NFU Warwickshire county adviser

Len Eadon was a popular figure in the Napton-on-the-Hill community and the family described him as a “caring, humorous and loving son”.

He often helped his dad at the family business, F L Eadon & Son Farm and he was a talented mechanic who also had a degree in Rural Enterprise and Land Management from Harper Adams University in Shropshire.

Sir Jeremy said: “Andy and Lynda Eadon have done remarkable work in seeking to improve support for mental health in farming following a terrible family tragedy.

“We want young people to recognise the signs and symptoms of someone struggling and to be able to support each other by feeling able to start a conversation.”

West Midland NFU Community Farming Hero, Lynda Eadon

“Nominating them for the NFU’s Community Farming Hero Award is a tribute to that work and to their bravery and determination, and I was glad to meet them in Parliament and discuss what can be done in the future to raise awareness.”

The Back British Farming Day campaign is the seventh event to raise awareness of the importance of farming, agriculture and horticulture in the corridors of power.

MPs were asked to nominate an NFU farmer in their constituency who they believed went above and beyond for their community.

This included but was not limited to: supporting their community during hard times, fundraising for charities, providing services beyond farming to the community or simply helping people to enjoy the farmed landscape.

George Bostock, NFU Warwickshire county adviser said: “We received 115 nominations across the country who became constituency winners and these were then put forward for the regional award.

“The panels were made up of county advisers, regional directors and NFU members to determine the regional winner for each region but farmers were given the ultimate vote.

“The community has felt the family’s loss and we all fondly remember Len, the work they are doing now is really helping to make a difference and I commend them for it.”


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