National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

23 April 2010




Saddle sore but in good spirits, Young Farmers' Clubs members from across England and Wales arrived to a warm welcome and glorious sunshine in Torquay for the start of the rural youth organisation's annual convention on Friday.

Tired but happy, members from a host of clubs had peddaled and paddled their way by land and water raising thousands of cash for their chosen charities.

Yorkshire YFC's amphibious craft made from recycled junk managed to make the journey to the beautiful bay in Torquay having set off from Huddersfield on Tuesday. The team had covered the 340-mile journey in a home-made contraption cobbled together out of bike frames and kayaks making use of canals along the way.

The trip will have raised more than £2,000 for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Members of Worcestershire YFC took turns riding two quad bikes from John O'Groats to Land's End, then back to Torquay, travelling 999 miles to raise  £10,000 for Acorns Children's Hospice in Worcester and Diabetes UK.

They completed the final mile of their 1,000-mile target with a quick whizz around the car park at the Riviera International Centre.

Lancashire YFC completed their journey from Blackpool Tower ahead of schedule after a journey of 400 miles that will see £3,000 donated to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI).

RABI will also benefit from the efforts of the four members of Kent YFC who cycled 300 miles.

Antony Morris covered 170 miles from Herefordshire to Torquay on a modified ride-on mower to raise cash for his local air ambulance service. Rebuilt to be road legal, Antony's machine achieved a top speed of 35 miles an hour and raised a few laughs from motorists on the way.

"It was a bit uncomfortable, but a lot of fun, he said.

Cornwall YFC also made the journey by bike and peddaled £5,000 into the coffers of Cornwall Hospice Care as a result.



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