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07 April 2015

Young farmers from East Riding YFC pushed a bath nearly 60 miles to raise funds for two charities. The 12 members of Winksley-cum-Grantley Young Farmers Club set off with the specially-made aluminium bath from Ripon Market Place and passed through Thirsk, ahead of an overnight stop at Helmsley. The team, who are aged 15 to 21, finished the three-day marathon at the beach at Scarborough on Sunday (March 29). 

The club's leader, Ruth Terry said the team had split into three groups, taking mile-long legs, to conserve energy. She said: "This was a weekend thoroughly enjoyed by all and a massive thank you goes to all our sponsors, supporters and organisers as without them it wouldn’t have been possible. This includes the police and highways agency who at times were hard to please but without their permission it wouldn’t have been possible! What a weekend! Raising money for two amazing charities and with great friends, it’s always a recipe for a top weekend! With plans already in place for another fundraising event, who knows what will happen next!"

They are hoping to raise £5,500 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance & Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. To make a donation, visit their Just Giving page. 

Click here to see a video of the team in action.


07 April 2015

Members of Worth Valley Young Farmers Club have raised £720 for Martin House Hospice over the past year. This was raised by the club hosting their annual event, the pram push, on August bank holiday.

Teams from across the Craven district take part every year and this year saw one of the highest turnouts to date. Dressed in a variety of costumes including the characters of toy story, a group of Romans complete with chariot, and a 6 pack of human beer bottles travelled between the pubs of Haworth collecting money for Martins House. The costumes and hand built prams proved popular among the banks holiday tourists. Catherine Bishop, social secretary of the club, stated that "This is the most we have raised for a charity over the years, and Martin House Hospice is such a fantastic charity".

In October, the club held there annual presentation dinner at The 3 Acres pub in Crossroads, where members played games to raise even more money for Martin House. Catherine Bishop explained that "This was something different to raise money, the members loved it and it turned out to be a great addition to the evening".

On Tuesday 17th March, Sarah Tapey from Martin House came to Worth Valley weekly meeting, so members could present her with a cheque. 

Visit worthvalley.org for details of how to join Worth Valley YFC. You can also follow Worth Valley YFC on Twitter @WorthValleyYfc.


01 April 2015

Young farmers swapped their usual flat caps for eye-catching headwear, joining thousands of others across the UK taking part in Wear A Hat Day.

Buckingham Young Farmers got into the charity spirit by donning a dazzling display of hats including sombreros, a festive crown, baseball caps, Egyptian pharaoh-style, cowboy, and a Bajan hat made from dried leaves.

Their meeting on Wednesday 25th March took place at Padbury Hill Farm, near Buckingham, the home of Sue Farrington Smith, Chief Executive of the charity Brain Tumour Research, and her husband Justin.

They tipped their hats to the work of the charity by taking part in a group photocall for Wear A Hat Day, which takes place at the end of March each year, and is the UK’s premier brain tumour awareness event, raising money to improve the lives of patients and help find a cure.

Curtis Rogers, of Furzenfield Farm, Nash, said: “We had a good turnout with 21 members who enjoyed an introduction to archery with Bob Spademan and a mini competition. It is great to be able to support such a good cause and have some fun at the same time.”

The archery event was won by William Gulliver and Charlie Hazlewood was runner up. The young farmers made Wear A Hat Day donations totalling nearly £80. Among those present were branch chairman Edward Selby Lowndes, programme secretary Robbie Tofield and secretary Katy Chandler Wesley.

Wear A Hat Day is the culmination of national Brain Tumour Awareness Month with people from businesses, schools, universities, shops and offices, donning beanies and boaters, top hats and trilbies, fascinators and fedoras, and making donations to Brain Tumour Research which funds a pioneering network of research Centres of Excellence across the UK.

Sue Farrington Smith said: “It was a great pleasure to be able to host this event and we are extremely grateful to Buckingham Young Farmers for their enthusiasm for our cause."


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