Three Young Farmer clubs hit the roads this week, in order to raise money for some amazing causes.
Twenty-eight Young Farmer members from 20 clubs in Cornwall trekked (and paddled) 110 miles to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Setting off last Saturday, the six-day hike went coast to coast, beginning on North Cornwall’s coast Padstow, and ending in Torquay.
Headed up by Cat Ede, Cornwall county chairman, the team have raised a grand total of £5,000 so far.
Commenting on the hike, Callington YFC member Ryan Moor said: “It has certainly been a challenge, we have slept on village hall floors all week.
“On the second day, we walked 30 miles over 10 and a half hours; the blisters were horrendous!”
It had been 40 years since Abingdon Young Farmers club, Oxfordshire, cycled to Blackpool on an annual AGM fundraising challenge.
This year, the group were back in action as they rode tandem bikes nearly 200 miles, in order to raise money for the Oxfordshire-based brain tumor charity Blue Skye Thinking.
Leaving Abingdon on Tuesday morning, they arrived triumphantly in Torquay at 1.30pm Friday afternoon.
Cyclist Isobel Mogford said supporting a local charity was of great importance to the team, and noted how the group were delighted that Blue Skye were waiting to congratulate them on the finish line.
Isobel said: “We met Blue Skye Thinking’s founders, Sally and Andrew Hall in summer last year, and we were really touched by their story.
“We have been training since Christmas, and so far we have raised £3,600 so far. We have greatly relied on the YFC community spirit, and club members have opened their homes to us, putting on amazing feasts to keep us going; we could not have done it without them.”
A TOTAL of 340 miles were completed by nine Yorkshire Young Farmer’s, when they completed a tandem bike ride to raise money for the Anthony Nolan trust.
Members were sourced from eight clubs from the Yorkshire county.
Unacquainted before the challenge, chief organiser Rachel Goldie said that the charity was especially close to home, as last year, a member of Ryedale YFC sought support from Anthony Nolan after requiring a blood donor.
Rachel said: “After seeing a fellow member need the help of the trust, we decided it was time for us to do something and raise awareness.
The ride set off from Knaresborough and was welcomed by the Torquay crowd at 1.30pm on Friday.
On an average day, they rode 85 miles, even hitting 95 miles on one.
The club has currently raised £3,500, with a final goal of £5,000.
Rachel continued: “We have also relied on the generosity of many YFC members, and have really appreciated their help along the way.”