National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

The Prince of Wales Trophy

Awarded to the County that has raised the most money per member for a charitable cause.

Winners: Buckinghamshire FYFC

Buckinghamshire FYFC raised a total of £46,361.16 with 179 members – which is the equivalent of £259 raised per member.

Buckinghamshire’s success at winning The Prince of Wales Trophy for its fundraising efforts is bittersweet. The majority of the County’s total was raised for Cancer Research UK and Pancreatic Cancer UK in memory of one of its members. Lauren Cyster, from Aylesbury YFC, was just 26 years old when she died following a short battle with cancer in 2018.

Lauren’s club – Aylesbury YFC – winners of the Lionel Hill Trophy, decided to hold 26 fundraisers to mark every year of Lauren’s life and members across the County supported the activities.

“We have mixed emotions about winning the trophy as the money was raised in memory of Lauren,” said County Chairman James Nixey (pictured right). “It’s fantastic to receive the trophy because we raised so much money and awareness but then at the same time we remember that sadly Lauren lost her life.”

The fundraisers, which included climbing Mount Snowdon, selling Christmas wreaths as well as running and cycling challenges, helped to unite members in their grief for Lauren.

“It brought everyone together, which Young Farmers often does,” explained James who was just one of the many members from across the County who attended the Memorial Ball, which raised more than £16k on its own.

“The teamwork, the determination and just the spirit of the organisation – YFC moves people to do fantastic things. Young Farmers, to me, always brings people together no matter what the circumstances.” 


 

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