Worcestershire Young Farmers use pedal power
Worcestershire Young Farmers are ditching four wheels and will travel to the National Federation’s Annual General Meeting in Blackpool by bicycle as they aim to raise £10,000 for charity.
County Chairman Helen Harcombe and a team of 16 other members will set off from Blackpole on Tuesday, 30 April and cycle 214 miles across the National Cycle Network before arriving at Blackpool Tower on Friday, 3 May.
The challenge is in aid of two charities, Cancer Research UK and Worcester Samaritans.
“Cancer Research is a charity close to our Federation’s heart. After the passing of a member last year to the disease it was a unanimous decision to raise funds for this charity,” said Helen.
With 50% of funds raised also going to Samaritans’ Worcester branch, she added; “It’s been a challenging time for farmers over the last 12 months, both economically and due to the poor weather we’ve suffered. As a rural youth organisation we have become increasingly aware of the challenges individuals and businesses face.
“All of the money raised for Samaritans will fund their call centre. We hope that it will also raise awareness of their services and the support they can provide.”
Six of Worcestershire’s nine clubs will be represented by their members and the team consists of cyclists of varying experience.
“Before signing up for the challenge, several of the team had never cycled more than 15 miles in one go but now they will be expected to cycle over 50!” added Helen.
“For all of our cyclists, completing this challenge will be a huge achievement. The whole event, from the planning stage to the actual challenge itself, has been a real team effort.
“Everyone is playing their part in not only giving up their weekends to train, but they are also working hard to reach our target of £10,000 in order to make the difficult journey worthwhile,” concluded Helen.
You can donate at: https://mydonate.bt.com/teams/wfyfc