“Proudest moment of my life”
Alice Singleton from Samlesbury YFC in Lancashire is the winner of NFYFC’s Senior Member of the Year competition.
The Young Farmer who lives on a beef farm in Withnell, Lancashire, impressed the judges with her dedication to her club and county.
Alice, 24, is Chairman of Samlesbury YFC and said: “It is an absolute complete surprise to win. Winning my County round was fabulous enough but to get any further is amazing. I have had to have the trophy taken off me due to shaking so much!”
Alice has competed at a club, county and area level to get into the final seven to compete in the national final. As a member who has focused her energy at a county level, she was even more shocked to be chosen.
“I didn’t think I would get very far in this competition as I have stuck to my club and county and not gone much further. I thought that would stand in my way but it obviously hasn’t,” said Alice who is a freelance journalist and photographer.
Alice does a lot of social media work for her club and county which helps recruit new members and promotes all the good work the county does.
“I’m very approachable and like to have a laugh with all the younger members,” said Alice. “I applied for YFC Travel this year after a close friend of mine died last year. She told me Young Farmers is the best thing you can ever do, so go out and make the most of it. Thanks to her I’m actually going to Africa this year.”
A YFC member from each Area made it through to the final and Katy Kirkham from East Midlands Area and Carys Ann Thomas from Wales came joint second in the competition. Claire Bellew from the South West Area, Adam Churchman from South East Area, Rachel Gilder from the West Midlands and Alice Redman from Eastern Area were among the other finalists.
Alice said: “Everyone in the final is a winner - that’s what everyone kept saying and it’s true. To be picked out as the seven best members out of the Federation’s 25,000 members is an incredible achievement. To be picked out as the Senior Member of the Year is potentially the proudest moment of my life so far.
“My advice to others wanting to enter the competition is to just be yourself. If you only do something at club and county level, shout about it. Push it as far as you can. You don’t have to have done everything for everybody but if you have made a difference to a small amount of people you have done your job.”
For more information on all of the finalists visit: http://yfcconvention.org.uk/whats-on/competitions/