YFC members raise thousands on way to Annual Convention
Young Farmers will be raising thousands of pounds for charity on their way to Torquay by taking part in madcap fundraising challenges to reach the seaside town.
Tandem cycle rides and paddling in canoes are among the missions that have been planned this year by members from Yorkshire, Oxfordshire and Cornwall.
Personal experiences have inspired the chosen charities for this year’s Convention challenges and Yorkshire FYFC’s choice of Anthony Nolan came after a Ryedale YFC member needed support from the charity in the search for a donor. A poignant choice after a year of NFYFC's YFC Life Blood campaign where members were encouraged to register to give blood or register to be an organ donor.
Nine Yorkshire FYFC members will leave Knaresborough on Monday 17 April to cycle more than 300 miles to Torquay.
Rachel Goldie said “After seeing a member of Ryedale Young Farmers campaigning for a donor last year for the third time, as well as many other people close to young farmers needing help from the Anthony Nolan Trust, we decided it was time we did something to help.”
Also on their bikes are eight members of Abingdon YFC from Oxfordshire who are cycling 190 miles to Torquay on tandem bicycles. The Club, who set off on Sunday, are raising money for a brain tumour charity called Blue Skye Thinking, after hearing about five-year-old Skye Hall who died in 2014 after suffering side effects of treatment for aggressive cancer.
They have already smashed their target and have raised £2,644 so far towards the charity's Aim Skye High appeal, which will go towards funding a three-year research position at the renowned Northern Institute for Cancer Research in Newcastle.
YFC member Rebecca Hollands told her local paper the Oxford Mail that they are aiming sky high to raise the money. She said: "We want to raise money the way that Skye lived his life; with incredible energy and imagination. Fittingly, this is a first for the club,”
It’s a journey over land and water for 30 Cornwall FYFC members, who left Padstow on Saturday 15 April to trek and paddle 100 miles to Torquay!
In an effort to raise £3,000 and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Society, the group will walk and canoe their way to the seaside resort in time for the Annual Convention weekend.
Cat Ede, the current Chairman of Cornwall FYFC, was keen to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society because her grandmother was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2007 at the age of 72.
Cat told her local paper the Tavistock Times Gazette: “I think it is extremely important to raise awareness of dementia. The disease affects families as much as the person – if not more – and the need for family support is huge.”
The group will be sleeping on village hall floors and will face a lack of showers! Their biggest day will be when they need to travel 28 miles.
It is estimated that YFC members raised a staggering £1.2m for charity last year and the Annual General Meeting in Torquay will reward the YFCs that raised the most money.
To support the Annual Convention fundraisers, visit their Just Giving pages: