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Lancashire Young Farmers are On The Moove

Lancashire Young Farmers are making their way to the annual Young Farmers Annual Convention in a rather unconventional way.

This year, Lancashire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (LFYFC) chairman, James Oddie, is inviting all members to join in his Chairman's Challenge; to walk 36 miles from the LFYFC County Office in Clitheroe to Blackpool Tower, dressed as cows on Thursday May 5, 2016.

Over 50 members have pledged their support to the walk dubbed On The Moove, where members will raise money for two charities - Macmillan Cancer Support and Field Nurse.

Helping the community

Speaking about the launch of On The Moove, James Oddie (pictured right) said: “With the current farming economic situation, farmers are stretched more than ever. Working within the agricultural community I see this every day and wanted to try and help in some way. Field nurse is a project aiming to provide a nurse at both Clitheroe and Gisburn Auction Marts where farmers and the rural community can pop in and get themselves checked out. This could be a health check from illness, injuries or just for a chat to get things of their chest."

Funds will also be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support following the recent diagnosis of fellow Clitheroe member, 24-year-old Louise Hartley, who is currently undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer.

Mr Oddie continued: “LFYFC 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 challenge for all involved, the team have been supported by local companies and members who will be providing refreshments along the 36-mile stretch.

“We now have over 50 people prepared to walk in cow onsies the 36 miles from Clitheroe to Blackpool Tower  - this is going to be an amazing achievement,“ Mr Oddie added.

A Virgin Giving page has been set up to raise money for both charities: www.virginmoneygiving.com/OnTheMoove.

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