Worth Valley Young Farmers Club and their team of volunteers battled through ice, rain, snow and Corona virus precautions last week to collect 1800 trees for this year’s Manorlands Hospice Christmas tree recycling scheme. The project has raised £21,520 for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice. Club Chairman Joe Holmes and Treasurer Emma Kettlewell were part of the collection team along with other members, former members and other volunteers. Even our YFYFC County Chair Georgie Fort leant a hand when one of the collection vehicles got stuck stuck in snow less than half a mile from her farm and it was soon back on the road again thanks to YFC power. Joe said, “We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who booked in their tree, our amazing volunteers, Skipton Self Drive for loaning us the vans and Keighley Tree Services for shredding the trees and sending the chippings off to the bio-power station.”
Emma added, “This incredible amount will help Sue Ryder to continue to be there when it matters for people going through the most difficult time of their lives; giving people the compassion and expert care they need to help them live the best life they possibly can.”
Young Farmers is the largest youth movement in the countryside and has members aged 10 to 26 years old. Despite the name the organisation is not just for farmers, indeed our members come from a wide range of backgrounds. Whilst some of the meetings are still linked to the clubs farming roots we get involved in many other positive activities such as sports, public speaking, social events and charitable activities such as this one.