YFCs raise more than £10k for charity on journey to Convention
Travelling to Annual Convention involved missions covering land and sea for YFC members from Yorkshire, Oxfordshire and Cornwall.
The three counties have covered hundreds of miles to raise money for their chosen charities and their efforts have beaten the £10k mark.
Cornwall FYFC set off from Padstow on Saturday and have walked and paddled in canoes to reach the seaside town of Torquay in time for Annual Convention. Their challenge has raised nearly £6,000 for The Alzheimer’s Society, a cause close to Cornwall’s County Chairman Cat Ede’s heart.
She said: “My Nan had vascular dementia which is why I am raising money for the Alzheimer’s Soceity. It effects the families just as much as it effects the person diagnosed with dementia. Nan was a farmer, market gardener and our route has gone through her home town and past my farm so it has been a very personal challenge to me.”
The group of 30 members have covered miles on foot, following the camel trail and staying in Bodmin Jail on the way, as well as canoeing up to the Tamar Bridge.
Cornwall are famed for doing their WotNots on the way to Convention, and this year was one of the first ones where the group actually set off from their home county. “It was great to see members from Devon and Cornwall en route,” said Cat. “Parents came out to see us as well and people who have been involved in WotNots over the years. We got lots of support.”
The County would definitely recommend that other counties and clubs get involved in hosting challenges on the way to Convention.
“We started off with some members not knowing each other but we are a whole big family now and none of us want it to end!”
It has been 40 years since Abingdon YFC took part in a fundraiser on the way to Convention so this year members from the Club decided to do it again – but this time on tandem bikes!
The eight members have raised nearly £3,000 for a local cancer charity called Blue Skye Thinking, who met them at the finishing line in Torquay. The team were helped along their journey by other YFCs who put them up overnight, which was a welcome treat after cycling 50-60 miles per day.
Isobel Mongford said: “We stayed over in Wiltshire with Devizes YFC, with Sherborne YFC in Dorset and last night with members of Devon FYFC – they have been amazing and were really quick to say they would have us and put on massive feasts and drinks for us.”
Despite the hard graft, the club said they would recommend doing a challenge on the way to Convention to other clubs and counties. “It was really good teamwork, especially on tandems,” said Lauren Morris.
It was a tandem adventure for Yorkshire FYFC too, when eight members from seven different clubs cycled from Knaresborough to Torquay. The clubs included: Great Smeaton YFC, Thirsk YFC, Ingleby Cross YFC , Winksley cum Grantley YFC, Tadcaster & Wetherby YFC, and Helmsley YFC.
After a member of Ryedale YFC was left searching for a life-saving donor again last year, Rachel Goldie put a call out to Yorkshire clubs to see if anyone wanted to help raise money for organ donor charity the Anthony Nolan Trust.
Rachel, from Great Smeaton YFC, said: “We asked at development meetings and exec meetings at County and ended up with the eight of us. We didn’t know each other at the start but we have grown closer over the week. We felt we had to do something for such a strong member of Young Farmers.”
The dedicated group has raised over £3,500 so far but are aiming to reach £5,000.
On top of these organised events Cumbria FYFC spontaneously raised £150 on their train journey to Torquay for a fellow passenger on the train who they saw was wearing a London Marathon T-Shirt. Passenger and London Marathon runner Neil Taylor is raising money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.