National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

15 March 2010

Four Kent YFC members are aiming to raise cash for RABI by cycling from their home county to the NFYFC annual convention in Torquay.

They will be kicking off their charity challenge by meeting Damian Green MP in Ashford to present him with a a basket of local produce to highlight the importance of the agricultural industry.

The four will begin their ride on 19 April in Maidstone and make for the finishing line in Torquay on 23 April in time for the start of the organisation’s AGM.

They are aiming to raise at least £2,000 for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. The grant-making charity, which supports members of the farming community, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year and is NFYFC chairwoman Helen Roberts’ chosen charity.

The ride will take in 300 miles of English countryside, and the riders will be staying with other YFC members along the way, continuing the organisation’s tradition of meeting new people.

Cycling will be Kent YFC chairman Michael Sims, county sports and competitions chairman Ollie Wilson, last year’s county chairman Stuart Jakeman and Ashford YFC member Tom Wilson. They will be supported by county junior vice chairwoman Hayley Jull and Meopham YFC member Jos Jones, carrying spares and supplies.

Michael said: “We must be mad cycling from Kent to Devon, but we really want to raise as much money as we can for RABI, as well as raising their profile, as they are such a worthy cause.”

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