Farmer to cycle over 3,000 miles to raise money for RABI

Nick Bragg will cycle across Canada starting from 21 June
Nick Bragg will cycle across Canada starting from 21 June

A man and his trusty bicycle is set to travel 3,000 miles across six provinces in Canada all in aid of agricultural welfare charity RABI.

Somerset-based farmer Nick Bragg will travel through the mountainous terrain of the Rockies, finishing on the Vancouver waterfront.

Himself and his wife, Claire, have been supporting RABI through events hosted on the farm for many years.

But this is Nick's most gruelling challenge yet and with much-needed help, he hopes to raise a huge amount of money to support agricultural families and individuals in need.

As of 3 May, he has raised over £18,000, including over £12,000 on his online fundraiser, and cycled over 5,000 miles in training for the event, which starts on 21 June 2019.

Nick said: “Claire has been so incredibly supportive and will be supporting throughout the challenge driving a large 7 berth RV Motor home providing meals, washing and setting up at the days finishing point.

“So a lot of time has been spent in arranging a route that begins in Montreal and finishes on the coast of Vancouver, a total of 3,147 miles, and splitting this up into achievable daily amounts then seeing were we can stay either at a campsite or just in the middle of the vast Saskatchewan plains each evening!

“Currently I am speaking with a Dutch company which offer live GPS tracking. So once setup, anyone can login and track my daily route and performance,” he said.

Sponsorship is vital to ensuring that as much money as possible goes directly to RABI.

The charity has provided much needed support for many agricultural families.

In 2017 it raised £1,266,000, paid out £1,990,000 in grants and supported 1,260 individuals and families throughout the UK.