Young farmers raise money for charities after Blackpool weekend

The young farming community headed to Blackpool for a big weekend while raising money for charity
The young farming community headed to Blackpool for a big weekend while raising money for charity

An unofficial event similar to the NFYFC's annual convention which took place in Blackpool has raised over £7,300 for vital charities.

The event, which attracted more than 3,000 young farmers for a night out in Blackpool on the May bank holiday weekend, has raised thousands for Air Ambulances UK and Blackpool RNLI.

It comes as the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (NFYFC) was forced to shut down its annual convention indefinitely as a consequence of antisocial behaviour displayed by a small minority of YFC members in Blackpool last year.

However, 20-year-old John Houseman, who is a Yorkshire YFC member, said last year's incident put young farmers' reputation in 'jeopardy'.



He organised the unofficial event in Blackpool this year, dubbed 'Blackpool D.I.Y AGM 2019', which took place from 3 May to 6 May.

Mr Houseman said it is 'important' to show what the majority of young farmers are 'really like'.



He said: “As a way of giving a bit back this year, due to there being no attendance fee we are going to raise money for the national air ambulance service and Blackpool RNLI please donate generously to two great causes.

“The national air ambulance services are close to the hearts of many in the farming community, having come to the aid of many at a time of need.

He added: “It is also important to support RNLI Blackpool as a way of giving something back to the people of Blackpool, who rely on this service to safeguard people in the sea.”

Meanwhile, the NFYFC said in a statement that it did not 'organise or sanction any events' in Blackpool last week, and that individuals wearing YFC or NFYFC branded clothing 'did not represent the organisation'.