The National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (NFYFC) has launched a campaign to raise funds as many Young Farmers clubs are struggling.

Clubs have been financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, with some county federations estimating shortfalls of as much as £50,000.

These estimated losses don't take into account the impact that the ongoing uncertainty about the pandemic has started to have on the new membership year.

With national budgets also affected, the support county federations receive is under threat as well as the survival of some YFCs.

The overall deficit is estimated at around £1m across the whole organisation.

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For the first time, NFYFC is developing fundraising activities throughout the year to raise money for its own clubs.

The first activity will start this October to give YFC members the chance to help secure their club and county’s future with the Give it Some YFC Welly Relay.

A spokesperson from NFYFC said: "We’re challenging all clubs to ‘travel the distance’ between each of the clubs in their county to pass a ‘virtual’ welly from one club to the next, raising funds along the way.

"While your county is clocking up the miles (this can be done in members’ back gardens or on a Covid-secure organised route, and on any mode of transport you choose), you must use social media to ‘nominate’ another county to get involved until all counties have been passed a Welly."

To help counties get their fundraising off the ground quickly, NFYFC has developed a Just Giving event page. It means county federations can start fundraising quickly without the administration required for registering with JustGiving. Counties can quickly create a fundraising page linked to this event, and all the proceeds raised will be given back to the county federation at the end of the event.

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