National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

10 March 2014

Despite never driving a tractor before, one YFC member is travelling 315 miles in one to raise money for a charity that is supporting flooded farmers and NFYFC’s Rural+ campaign.

Tess Cadman, current South West Area Chairman, set off from Dorset on 10 March with the aim of visiting the other five YFC County offices in the Area - Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. Tess’ last stop is in Newquay on 12 March, just in time for the South West Area (SWA) Competitions Weekend.

The SWA Chairman, who has been a Young Farmer for more than nine years, was keen to raise money for The Farming Community Network, especially because of their work in the local area. 

“The Farming Community Network is supporting farmers affected by the recent flooding, which is particularly relevant at the moment in our local area.

“They are also linked to NFYFC’s new Rural+ campaign, which is focusing on rural isolation and supporting young people with mental health issues. This was launched by the National Chairman of Council Claire Worden last month and as Claire is from Cornwall, I wanted to support her as well.”

Tess was loaned the tractor by Hamblys Claas dealer and is being followed by three friends in a Landrover donated by Gerald Hallett Ltd. The resourceful fundraiser has also secured sponsorship through the NFU.

Tess’ Tractorthon will mark the start of the SWA Competitions Weekend, which is in Newquay from 14-16 March. It brings together around 1,800 members from the six counties to compete against each other to possibly win places in the NFYFC national finals.

To support Tess on her Tractorthon and to donate to a great cause visit the Just Giving page or follow her progress on Twitter.


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