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Fundraising Young Farmers make grand entrance to Annual Convention

Fundraising Young Farmers make grand entrance to Annual Convention

Dozens of Young Farmers arrived in style at this year's Annual Convention, raising thousands of pounds for charity in the process.

A team from Cornwall YFC cycled 360 miles over five days, in a Rugby World Cup-themed challenge, in order to raise money for Children's Hospice South West. The team cycled past various stadiums, including Twickenham, Wembley and the Millennium Stadium.

The team arrived at the Riviera Centre at around 2:45pm this afternoon, closely followed by a group of 19 Young Farmers from Worcestershire.

Worcestershire's team ran down the A38 from their county office to Torquay over two days. Each member ran the equivalent of a marathon in order to complete the challenge, which raised vital funds for Cancer Research UK and Worcester Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

And both county chairmen were relieved to arrive in Torquay, to ruptuous applause from an admiring crowd.

Will Jelbert, chairman of Cornwall FYFC, said: "It's the highlight of my year so far. I'm really proud of the team. It's something we do every year and we have a lot of fun doing it. Going through the whole of Torquay was fantastic, with loads of people cheering us on. I hadn't been on a bike in a year before doing this challenge, so it was really tough. I think I'll travel by car for next year!"

Meanwhile Matt Tomkins, chairman of Worcestershire FYFC, was equally as delighted with his team's challenge: "I'm very proud indeed. All 19 of us have dug deep. We've had an amazing support crew. It's been a long way down but we've arrived in good spirits. We had loads of people cheering us on, which was fantastic and we're really happy to be here and raising money for causes that are close to our heart."

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