National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

14 November 2014

A team of 12 determined members of the Lostwithiel YFC in Cornwall have raised £10,220.93 pounds, in an epic tractor run from John O’Groats to Land’s End in two classic tractors for Cancer Research.

Between the 12th and 20th of April, they ploughed through over 100 towns as they travelled 999 miles down the length of Great Britain from the northern most point of mainland Scotland to the tip of Cornwall. With a top speed of 15mph, they completed the trip in a total of 9 days, taking in turns to drive the tractors a Case 2290 and a Fiat 1300 Super, stopping overnight in towns and at homes of other young farmers from clubs around the country.

The idea for the challenge came about when 22-year-old club member Josh Stephens and his 17-year-old brother Callum were given two classic tractors by their grandparents who were retiring from their farm in Northern Scotland. The brothers wanted to bring the classic tractors back to Cornwall and came up with the idea of a tractor relay as a fun way of transporting them that could raise some valuable money for charity at the same time.

By the time they had completed the run £6,000 had been raised, through the summer the team with the tractors visited lots of local tractor rallies and agricultural shows promoting the trip telling their story and selling raffle tickets for the prize draw. This culminated with an evening at the church rooms in Lostwithiel where they gave a slide show and talk about their journey followed by the presentation of a cheque for £10,220 to the Lostwithiel Cancer Research Team.

Fleur Worden, event organiser and outgoing chair of Lostwithiel Young Farmers Club, said "the club is delighted with the final total, that we were able to present to the charity and it was a great experience for all those members who took part and such a great opportunity to raise money for a cause that is close to a lot of people’s hearts.

"It also helps to promote awareness of the Young Farmers organisation and brings people together. We are thrilled with the response we’ve had from other clubs all across the country. We've also had tremendous support from Cancer Research. We’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported us along the way". 

The club would like to thank the Stephens family in Cornwall and Scotland, their sponsors for their generous donations including Trewithen Dairy, Mole Valley Farmers, HRN Tractors, Morcom Construction, Haye Farm Cider, Parc Signs and many more. 

14 November 2014

Selby Young Farmers achieved great recognition within their local community by being nominated at the 2014 Selby and Goole Community Pride Awards.

The club were shortlisted for the Community Project Award, narrowly missing out on the top prize. They were recognised for their fantastic work raising money for local charities, raising over £20,000 in the last five years. The club enjoyed a short stint of being celebrities when they were filmed stockjudging at a local farm which was shown at the awards ceremony.

This year, the club donated £1200 to St Leonard's Hospice York, £1200 to Guide Dogs UK and £1200 to Marie Curie, all charities close to members' hearts.

Selby YFC were also recognised for the training and development which takes place within the club with members taking away excellent life skills, public speaking, time management, problem solving and event management.

Selby YFC Chairman, Georgina Saxon, said: "I am so proud of all of our members, we really appreciate this fantastic recognition as we do a lot of great things in and around the local community, raising money, getting involved in local events, developing local youngsters and showing them what teamwork can do."

"Many members give up a lot of their time to organise events, weekly meetings, competitions and to keep the club running. We have a chairman, secretary, treasurer etc. which are all roles held by members under 26 and require a lot of professionalism to keep the club running to a high standard.  It is sometimes hard work especially around work, school and other busy times but every member always puts a lot of effort in to pull events off." 

If you want to get your club more involved with the community, NFYFC can help you. In partnership with the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services, the RSPB and the Canal and River Trust, NFYFC is running a large scale project to encourage young people in rural areas to take up youth social action projects thanks to funding from the Cabinet Office. Clubs could be entitled up to £500 for taking part in one of these projects.

For further details, please visit our Help Your Community page. 


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