Heathfield Young Farmers join in ‘pass the welly’ fundraiser

29th October

Sussex Young Farmers Clubs is taking part in a national Give it Some YFC Welly Relay to help raise urgent funds to help secure its future.

One of their Junior clubs is Heathfield YFC, who will also be participating in this fundraising event. Sussex Young Farmers Club is always keen to see younger members (and you don’t have to be a farmer to join!) getting involved in helping to raise money to support a future at Young Farmers. The organisation depends on donations from the public, and the vital support from the public.

The County Federation has a shortfall of thousands of pounds, following the impact of the pandemic and will struggle to deliver vital services in the 2020-21 membership year unless more funding is sourced for the charity.

The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) estimates that its 46 County Federations have collectively lost nearly £700,000 in income since the onset of the pandemic and the total loss for the organisation now stands at around £1m.

A year-long programme of fundraising is underway – with the first campaign beginning in October for National Young Farmers’ Week. Every County is being challenged to take part in the Give it Some YFC Welly Relay where YFC members will be asked to travel the distance between the clubs in their county and then pass a virtual welly on to the next county federation.

Sussex Young Farmers will be passed the welly in the coming weeks and has estimated that YFC members across the county need to complete 107.5 miles to cover the distance between all 10 of its YFCs.

Members have decided to walk, run and cycle to cover the milage. Anyone wishing to support YFC members can do so at the County’s JustGiving page here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sussexyfc

NFYFC President and world-renowned rugby referee Nigel Owens said: “Young Farmers’ Clubs are incredibly important in rural areas – helping young people make social connections, learn new skills and support their rural communities. We must do all we can to ensure this vital youth service can continue and I’m encouraging every YFC to back their County Federation and Give it Some YFC Welly!”

Lockdown restrictions forced clubs to stop physical club meetings and competitions in March this year – a situation that has not happened since the Foot & Mouth outbreak in 2001.

During the lockdown, NFYFC launched YFC at Home to support clubs to move their activities online but the usual income from rallies, competitions and fundraising events was lost.

While clubs are now able to meet again under National Youth Agency guidance (15 club members and two leaders), the ongoing restrictions and uncertainty mean the usual YFC programme has been adapted for 2020-21.

County Chairwoman of Sussex YFC Brooke Kelly said:

“It’s a brilliant way to bring our members together and a fantastic way to raise money for charity. Our members get a lot from Young Farmers. It is the best way for like minded people to socialise and compete in competitions, join in activities, learn new things but essentially have fun. We are looking forward to the welly being passed to us and for our members to show their enthusiasm and support by completing the miles across the county. “

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You can follow them on Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date and watch as the welly passes through Sussex soon!

Anyone interested in supporting Sussex Young Farmers campaign can visit the JustGiving page here – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sussexyfc