Young Farmers support local air ambulance service
Young Farmers have donated more than £3,000 to support a vital Lancashire support service during The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs’ (NFYFC) Annual Convention in Blackpool.
The national Chairman of the NFYFC Council Lynsey Martin from Kent Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, presented a cheque for £3,250 to the North West Air Ambulance (NWAA) at a reception in the Winter Gardens.
A surcharge on each ticket sold to the Annual Convention, which is being held from 4-6 May at the Winter Gardens, was donated to the NWAA.
The donation could fund six hours of flying for NWAA or help to purchase vital medical supplies and equipment.
Lynne Whittaker, Regional Fundraiser for the North West Air Ambulance charity, said: “We are incredibly grateful to NFYFC for recognising how important our service is to the farming community and supporting us with this generous donation.
“As a charity which is reliant on donations, funds like these are vital for us to continue our lifesaving work in the North West.”
NFYFC’s Chair Lynsey Martin, said: “NFYFC wanted to support a charity that helps many of our members in this part of the world. We chose the North West Air Ambulance not only because it is local to Blackpool but because the air ambulance service is critical all over the UK and it’s a charity that means a lot to YFC members.
“Our Annual Convention is growing in popularity every year and it’s a great opportunity to acknowledge all of the amazing fundraising work our YFCs do throughout the year to support not only our members but also our rural communities.”
More than 5,700 tickets were sold to the event, with more YFC members expected to buy tickets on the door over the weekend. The event is estimated to contribute £4.3m to the local Blackpool economy.
Many of the clubs and counties take part in fundraising challenges on their way to the Convention and collectively they have raised more than £50,000 for charities around the UK this weekend.
The weekend includes national competition finals in Disco Dancing, Jump Rope, Pantomime and for Senior Member of the Year. There is also an AGRI Brunch, facilitated by NFYFC President and Farming Today presenter Charlotte Smith, for young farmers to discuss future careers in the industry and the Federation’s Annual General Meeting.