Seven Young Farmers Clubs collectively raised an almighty £50,000 for charities and causes close to their hearts ahead of YFC AGM 18.
From black tie and glow in the dark fancy dress, to milk challenges and Radio One’s Chris Stark, Blackpool 2018 was truly a weekend to remember for the young farmers who experienced it.
But before all the fun, some young farmers pushed themselves to their limits to help raise money for charities close to their hearts.
And here we celebrate their achievements!
Forty-five members walked more than 100 miles over five-and-a-half days from the east to the west coast.
The group raised more than £5,000 for the Cornwall Birth and Baby Appeal, which is refurbishing the maternity wing in Treliske Hospital, Truro.
County chairman Ed Harris said: “I am so proud of our team and I feel the experience sums up the brilliant federation and our ethos of bringing people together from isolated, rural areas while doing something for a worthy cause.”
Twenty-seven members completed a 250-mile cycle ride and their efforts have raised more than £15,000 for Prostate Cymru and Wales Air Ambulance.
County chairman Non Thorne said: “I wanted to do something which would sum up what YFC means to me; pushing yourself to try something new, putting yourself out there, raising money for charity and having a blast at the same time.
“What a week – so many hilarious moments and we climbed 13,812ft, which is more than three times Ben Nevis.”
A group of 15 members cycled 300 miles in four days, raising more than £11,000 for the Mary Baron Suite, Colchester Hospital.
The chemotherapy unit helped one of their fellow members following his diagnosis of a rare cancer.
Sara Skinner, fundraising and activities representative, said: “It was one of the hardest things we have done, but we were lucky to have Essex YFC by our sides and cheering us on giving us messages all the way there.
“There are too many memorable moments and the views were spectacular.”
Ten members biked 177 miles to Blackpool via Stoke-on-Trent and Warrington.
The team raised more than £8,000 for Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance after county chairman Charlotte Stanbridge lost her brother 10 years ago in a farm accident.
She said: “The Air Ambulance was incredible on the day we lost my little brother. Every second counts in these situations and the Air Ambulance provides a life-saving service for the farming community.”
The federation will continue to fundraise in a bid to hit £10,000.
Seven cyclists travelled more than 100 miles from Eccleshall town centre to Blackpool to raise money for a fellow member.
Dan Mosley has life-changing injuries following a trampolining accident which has left him unable to walk.
The club wanted to raise £5,000 towards a wheelchair, but the figure now stands at £7,000 and is still rising.
Member Emily Cartmail said: “We wanted to raise money and awareness of how great Young Farmers can be in times of need.
“The cyclists are extremely proud and happy to have completed the challenge.”
Five vintage tractors carried 11 members to Blackpool to raise £2,700.
Setting off last Wednesday (May 2), they reached the seaside on Friday morning and will be donating funds to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
It is a cause close to members’ hearts as the illness has affected someone close to their club.
Young Farmers helped raise £1,700 for the North West Air Ambulance during the opening hours of Friday’s registration.
Members were asked to donate £2 for the special cause in exchange for a Farmers Guardian t-shirt and many gave generously.
It takes the final figure donated to the charity to just under £5,000 following NFYFC’s decision to place a surcharge on each ticket sold to the annual convention.