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Worcestershire WotNots Braced for Marathon Challenge

Worcestershire WotNots Braced for Marathon Challenge

A group of eager and dedicated members from the Worcestershire Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs are preparing to complete a 160 mile run to Torquay from their County Office in order to raise money for two very worthy causes.

The team of 20 will be running in groups of three in a rolling 5km relay over 160 miles along the A38 from Hawford, Worcester to the location of 2015's Annual Convention. This will mean that over the three days it takes to complete the run, each member will have completed a marathon by the time they reach Torquay.

The Worcestershire Young Farmers will be raising money for Cancer Research UK and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Worcester Hospital - two causes that are close to the hearts of the runners, especially county chairman, Matt Tomkins (pictured far left).

Matt said: "It didn’t take us very long to decide which causes/charities we wanted to support this year. The Neonatal Unit at Worcester Hospital helped support a couple who have supported not only their local Young Farmers club but also the County Federation for many years. Sue and Mark Symonds had their world turned upside down with the very early arrival of their son, young Thomas at just 29 weeks in November last year. The support they received from the unit and all the hard work from the staff there helped them through a very difficult time, and we are so pleased that Thomas is doing so well now. Young Farmers is just as much about helping other charities, despite us being a registered charity ourselves. We are thrilled to be able to give something back to the local community."

Jane Righton, one of the runners, also expressed her thanks to the unit, which helped her with the premature birth of her twins, Evie and Olivia. Weighing in at just 2lb and 3lb Jane said that she couldn’t thank the Unit enough for all of their hard work to help the girls get strong enough to go home and for the continued support she and her family obtained from the staff there.

Cancer Research UK was also a significant charity to the group. Matt revealed that "I lost a close friend a few years ago to cancer. It was a very sad time for his family and friends, as well as his local club, Upton YFC. He was a much loved character and was thought of highly by his peers. I have been waiting for an opportunity to do something big for the charity, and now seems like the perfect opportunity."

The run will be taking place between the 22nd – 24th April 2015, arriving at the Rivieira International Centre in Torquay between 1:00pm and 2:00pm but they require lots of help and support in the meantime.

Matt went on to finish by saying: "All of our runners have worked extremely hard to prepare for the run and also to help with the fundraising side of it too. Young Farmers is not just a youth organisation, when you join, you become part of a family that will follow you throughout your life if you want it to. We want to give something back to causes that mean a lot to us, that have helped support our friends and family in their hour of need, of which we are ever thankful for. We cannot complete our goal without the help of others, so please help us as much as you can, no matter how big or small. Every little helps. Thank you.’

For more information regarding the run, sponsorship or auction you can call 01905 621616. You can also email matt at matt.tomkins@live.co.uk. You can even follow the groups progress on Twitter @WFYFC_Challenge or at www.worcsyfc.org.uk.

If your club or county is taking on a fundraising challenge en route to this year's Annual Convention, NFYFC would love to hear from you. Email details about your challenge to magazine@nfyfc.org.uk.

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