National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

25 November 2020

YFC members that have taken part in NFYFC's Give it Some YFC Welly Relay have so far raised nearly £10,000 to support County Federations.

With 14 counties so far receiving the welly and four of those currently hosting fundraisers, the campaign has got off to a positive start with £9,735 already donated.

The challenge involves members covering the total distance between each of the clubs in their county and there has been some creative methods used so far. From horse riding to driving tanks – YFC members have pulled on their boots and clocked up the miles.

In Somerset FYFC, where the welly has recently landed, members have to cover 1500 miles (an average of 66 miles per club) and the County is also offering prizes for participants, thanks to support from Mole Valley Farmers. The person who covers the greatest number of miles will receive a prize as well as the person who spends the most time exercising.

The County has set up its own leader board using Strava so members can record their activity.

“We are looking forward to our members getting out and about and enjoying the fresh air,” said County Chairman Ben Goulding in an online video recorded for members. “Whether you’re walking around the milk parlour or cycling through the local villages or chasing after some escaped sheep, we want to see what you’re up to. It’s really important to the county team that members of Somerset YFC get as much support as we can possibly give them.”

The County intends to use the money raised for training purposes that benefit their members. The welly was passed to Somerset from Devon after they covered a mammoth 4,211 miles.

Devon County Chairman Gareth Hutchings said: “Thank you to all the members who got out and about. We hoped to reach in excess of 2,500 but we have far surpassed that reaching over 4,000 miles from our members.”

Meshaw YFC was recognised for clocking up 900 of the County’s total miles and Meshaw’s Henry Dunn was rewarded by the County with free YFC membership for the year for covering the most miles.

In Nottinghamshire, members raised £1,495 for the County Federation by covering 188 miles on horses, bikes, tanks (!) and with dogs. Their President Adrian Baugh even took part in the relay in his milking parlour, covering 5.1 miles by walking up and down it.

In Lincolnshire, members raised more than £1,500 and smashed their mileage target of 199 miles by actually covering nearly a 1,000. There was a lot of local promotion for the welly relay when it landed in Lincolnshire at the end of National Young Farmers’ Week and the club used posters and local radio to help them raise funds.

If your County is still to get involved in the Give it Some YFC Welly Relay and would like to receive the welly, contact media@nfyfc.org.uk for more information. All materials and support information are available on the NFYFC website here.

To donate to the campaign, visit here.




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