National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

07 May 2013


Annual Convention 2013 got off to a charitable start with Young Farmers raising thousands of pounds for good causes by making challenging journeys up to Blackpool.

Worcestershire YFC are on target to raise £10,000 for Cancer Research and the Worcestershire branch of Samaritans after 17 members cycled 200 miles from Blackpole to Blackpool in fewer than four days.

On arrival in Blackpool on Friday Helen Harcombe, Worcestershire’s County Chairman and one of the cyclists said:

“I’m in a lot of pain right now but I feel really excited to be in Blackpool. Riding through the beautiful Shropshire countryside and staying with some great hosts from YFCs along the way were definite highlights of the trip. The team spirit was fantastic.”

You can still donate to 'Blackpole to Blackpool' by visiting the team's just giving page.

Five members of Devon YFC  also used pedal power to cycle 320 miles from Exeter to Blackpool to raise money for Parkinson’s UK and for a new Devon YFC building.

It was a 95 mile jaunt in one day for members from Cumbria YFC (pictured) who raised £2,000 for Cancer Research and Eden Valley Hospice. The club left at 6am on Friday morning and YFC member Mark Hurst reckons the highlight of the trip was when County Chairman Keith Forster fell off his bike!

It was a different mode of transport for Cornwall YFC who took to the water to make a very unusual trip to Blackpool.

Their mission was to canoe 120 miles of the Thames in five days to raise money for a Merlin Centre in Cornwall for people with MS.
Starting on the Sunday before Convention, the 26 members canoed from Eynsham, Oxfordshire and finished on Thursday in Teddington, travelling about 20 miles a day in 12 canadian canoes. 

Every year the County Chairman picks a challenge for the ‘wotnot’ – a traditional fundraising event to mark the start of YFC AGM.

County Chairman Ed Humber chose to hit the water in canoes. He said: “Cornwall have embraced the WotNot for years. It’s the most amazing week of your life to raise money for charity, you get very little sleep but you have a laugh with your friends. Every day you’re committed to 10 hours of hard slog for a charitable cause.”

The team had three hours sleep every night but Ed still encouraged other clubs to do a WotNot next year. “I would stress that any County should do a WotNot because it is amazing. The bonding you get between the members is brilliant.”

You can donate to Cornwall YFC’ s WotNot by texting WNOT13, followed by £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070.


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