National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

26 August 2021

A tragedy in Bridgwater YFC has inspired members to cycle 100 miles around Somerset in September to raise funds to produce a mental health awareness video.

Following a tragedy in the County, members want to create a video to highlight the problems young people are facing and to provide education, training and positivity. 

The campaign has also attracted support from Lloyds Bank who are matching the funds raised. Phil Titherington, Relationship Manager, Agriculture, Devon and Somerset for Lloyds Bank, said he was eager to get involved.

“I felt that there must be something I can do to raise some money to support whatever cause we could around mental health in the agricultural sector. I reached out to New Leaf, who work closely with the farming community, to find projects I could get involved with and I was put in touch with Somerset Young Farmers.”

Four members are taking part in the cycle ride and include Somerset County Chairman Ben Goulding,  Will Hooper from Polden Hills YFC, Charlotte Scott  from Bridgwater YFC and Patrick Rich from Farrington Gurney YFC.

The group will start in Wellington, with various pit stops along the way and they hope more people will pick up the route and cycle with them too.

Somerset YFC County Organiser Rebecca Horsington said: “We feel that it is important to get a video made highlighting the problems our young people are faced with, but more importantly to make it relevant to them.”

The cycle ride will take place on 4 September 2021 and you can donate to the campaign through their JustGiving page here

Mental health awareness in clubs through Rural+ 

YFCs looking to raise awareness of mental health issues can also consider booking a Rural+ session for their club, which has been developed with The Farming Community Network and The DPJ Foundation. Find out more about organising these important sessions here.   

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