Dales shepherdess becomes Yorkshire Air Ambulance ambassador

Amanda Owen, centre, with artist Anita Bowerman and inda Stead, North Yorkshire community fundraiser for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Dales farmer Amanda Owen, better known as the Yorkshire Shepherdess, has been appointed as an ambassador for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Amanda, 44,  is best known for her appearance in the ITV series The Dales, the Channel 5 series Our Yorkshire Farm and for being author to three bestselling books as well as being a busy mother of 9.

She lives with her husband Clive and their family at Ravenseat in Upper Swaledale.

Amanda says she has always been a supporter of the work of the YAA, however it was an introduction through Harrogate-based artist Anita Bowerman that brought Amanda and the charity closer together.

Amanda said: “I was contacted by Anita last year to ask if I’d be happy to collaborate with her and the YAA by painting me and my sheep as a scene for one of the YAA’s Christmas cards.

“Obviously it was a real honour for me to accept, and the card went onto be the Charity’s bestselling Christmas card ever.

“I hear they were sending them out all around the world, and as far away as Canada.

“We have then kept in contact since and when I was asked to be an Ambassador I was absolutely delighted – I genuinely couldn’t think of a better organisation to be involved with.  I was very emotional when they first asked me.”

Abby Barmby, director of marketing and communications for the charity, added: “Amanda is a truly inspirational women and one we are proud to have as an Ambassador for the YAA.

“She is the true epitome of Yorkshire, which is something we as a charity also embrace and are extremely proud of.

“We are very excited to be working with Amanda going forward and already have some great ideas in the pipeline.”

Amanda added: “I am very much aware that living as remotely as we do the YAA is a vital service that can make the difference between life and death.

“We have had our fair share of medical emergencies, though are fortunate to have never yet ourselves required the services of the YAA.”

Given the success of last years The Yorkshire Shepherdess Christmas card, Anita Bowerman will paint a new scene depicting Amanda as part of this year’s collection.  However the design remains a closely guarded secret for now!

Copies of last year’s card are still available to buy now through the YAA website: www.yaa.org.uk/shop .