YFC members from across four counties will be making their way to this year’s Young Farmers convention weekend in a variety of weird and wonderful ways to raise money for charity.
No AGM would be complete without a dedicated group of members undertaking admirable physical and charitable challenges to mark the biggest social event on their calendar.
This year’s National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) annual convention weekend is taking place in Blackpool, where thousands of YFC members from across England and Wales are due to descend this Friday (May 6) for three days.
We take a look at the four groups going the extra mile to make a difference.
More than 50 members from Lancashire’s Federation have taken on the chairman’s challenge to walk 36 miles from the LFYFC county office in Clitheroe to Blackpool Tower, while dressed in cow onesies.
Chairman James Oddie launched the ‘On the Moove’ fundraiser that will donate funds to Macmillan Cancer Support and Field Nurse.
Members will begin their walk this Thursday at and at exactly the half way point, will be calling into Farmers Guardian HQ in Preston where they will be given food and drink to keep them going during their onward journey to the Tower.
Helping the community
The fundraiser is in support of fellow member and FG reporter, Louise Hartley, who is currently undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer.
Mr Oddie said members wanted to show their support for a charity which is helping Louise.
“Over recent years we have lost people close to our hearts through cancer, and now we have one of our own fighting the disease.
“Macmillian is a fantastic charity which gives lots of support to patients, friends and family affected by cancer. Their help and support is valuable to all and the support we have had within out federation has been overwhelming. “
A Virgin Giving page has been set up to raise money for both charities and can be seen at: www.virginmoneygiving.com/OnTheMoove
On April 30, 2016, 25 members of the Cornwall Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs began their cycle as part of their annual Wot Not challenge.
The group set off on their journey from the NFYFC office in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, to head up to the coast to Scarborough, and then across country to arrive in Blackpool this Friday.
This year the county chairman, Georgina Mon, group made up of members from across Cornwall are taking on Georgina’s Wotnot challenge this year in which they will cycle nearly 400 miles over six days in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Each year the federation's chairman chooses their charity challenge of how they, and a group of members, will get to the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs annual convention.
This year Georgina Monk chose Macmillan Cancer Support after nurses cared for her grandmother in the final months of her life.
Miss Monk said: “In doing this challenge, Cornwall YFC would like to raise as much money as possible to make sure that these nurses are available to deliver the care that their patients and affected family members need."
A Just Giving page has been set up to raise money for the charity and can be seen at www.justgiving.com/WOTNOT2016 or via text donation.
Text CYFC37 £10 (or £5 or £3) to 70070.
Three members from Devon YFC and Somerset YFC are currently on route to Blackpool after embarking on a 600 mile Tower to Tower charity bike ride.
On May 1, Joshua Fincham, 24, from Crewkerne YFC, Somerset, along with Morris Burrough, 23, and Will Dyer, 25, both from Yarcombe YFC, Devon began the epic effort from Paris' Eiffel Tower to Blackpool Tower - to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
The team are aiming to complete the 600-mile journey in just four days and raise more than £4,000 for their chosen charity.
The trio are due to arrive this afternoon, giving themselves some much-needed rest before enjoying the biggest event of the YFC year.
With the slow start from Paris travelling to Caen and then Caen to Cherbourg, they are now back on English soil.
The team were inspired to raise money for cystic fibrosis by Phoebe Bardwell, granddaughter of Somerset Federations President, James Bardwell. Phoebe was born with the condition in March 2015.
If you wish to donate to the Tower2Tower challenge, visit the team's Virgin Money Giving page www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Tower2tower2016 or to find out about their journey visit their Facebook page www.facebook.com/Tower2tower-233270513680268
Ashbourne Young Farmers’ Club are taking part in a relay race challenge - running just over 100 miles to arrive in Blackpool on Friday.
Members are raising money for Epilepsy Research UK, a condition the group is familiar with.
Chairman Kathryn Moorcroft says: "We’ve all seen the effect the condition has on a person’s life. My sister (Elizabeth Moorcroft) was diagnosed with the condition at 16 so I have experienced first-hand how it can alter somebodies life and put a strain on not only the person but also close family members as well.
"I am keen to raise awareness of the condition and raise money for the important research that Epilepsy Research UK fund and, like always, Ashbourne YFC has rallied together to do this - and I'm really grateful.
"Everybody knows Elizabeth as she's been a keen Young Farmer for around 10 years so members didn't even hesitate to step forward and put their names down.
Although the group admit it has not been easy, they have trained well and feel ready to take on the challenge.
Members will leave Century Hall in Ashbourne, where they hold their weekly meeting at 6am this Thursday and aim to arrive at Blackpool's Winter Gardens at midday Friday.
"I'm really excited and a little bit nervous about the run, but we've got a really good team so I know we'll do it and it'll be a brilliant experience."
A Just Giving page has been set up and for those wishing to donate can do so at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Ashbourne-Young-Farmers-Club?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=Ashbourne-Young-Farmers-Club&utm_campaign=pfp-share