National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

10 May 2019

A bank holiday weekend of fundraising activities has helped YFC members in Staffordshire raise an impressive £9,000 for charity.

The fundraising started on Saturday at the County Rally, where members of Uttoxeter YFC went for the chop to raise £1,100 for Cancer Research UK. Club Chairman Mark Whitehurst had his head shaved by the High Sheriff of Staffordshire Ashley Brough while four of the clubs’ female members had their long locks cut off. The hair was donated to The Little Princess Trust so it could be used to make wigs for children living with cancer.

Mark said: “A massive thank you to those that took part in our fundraiser and to everyone who was so generous to donate. It was fantastic to raise so much for this worthy cause!”

It proved to be a successful day for Uttoxeter as they also won the overall rally trophy for the fourth year running.

More than 250 members, sponsors and supporters joined in Staffordshire’s rally, which was held at Blore Farm near Market Drayton. There were more than 30 competitions including a bungee challenge and potato launching as well as the more formal floral art.

Building on their fundraising for Cancer Research UK, County Chairman Polly Baines hosted a charity lunch called Give Cancer the Boot on the Sunday after the Rally and raised a further £8,000.

The lunch, which was inspired by Polly and her family, included canapés and a delicious meal of roast beef followed by apple pie or pavlova. And for those that could still move after their Sunday roast, there were five races sponsored by local companies for people to place bets on as well as a raffle that helped to boost funds.

Polly said: “This weekend has been a true representation of everything YFC! From teamwork and competitions to multiple incredible skills and best of all, fundraising for Cancer Research! Having been directly affected by my mum having the disease, it made the urge to raise funds for Cancer Research even more important.

“Being a part of the Staffordshire YFC is fantastic, the support is amazing and I cannot thank everyone enough for their hard work, time and backing throughout this weekend!”

09 May 2019

Alberbury YFC has been announced as one of Birmingham Children’s Hospital Top 100 Heroes following their epic fundraising success last year.

The Shropshire club raised over £25,000 after completing a mammoth cycle challenge taking them around the entire perimeter of Wales. In recognition of their achievement club members have been invited to attend Birmingham Children’s Hospital 100 Heroes' Afternoon Tea on Sunday 19 May.

It took the club seven days to complete their charity fundraiser last year, where they covered around 100 miles a day during one of the hottest weeks in June on record.

The mission to raise money for the hospital pushed the riders both physically and mentally as they took on some of the most challenging terrain in the UK.

Melissa Evans from the club said "jelly babies, countless costal tyre changes and the support of family and friends" saw them through the challenge. She added: "It’s an honour to support Birmingham Children’s Hospital, a charity that couldn’t be more deserving.”

The Afternoon tea event will pay tribute to the wonderful fundraisers who have challenged themselves, exceeded expectations and been an inspiration to many, throughout 2018. Alberbury YFC's achievements will also be commemorated on a special red balloon at the front of the hospital for the next 12 months.


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