Young farmers from Somerset have beaten their fundraising target of £3,000 for a cause that's especially close to their hearts.

The members cycled 100 miles across Somerset on September 4 to raise money for a mental health awareness video.

They were moved to act by the tragic loss of a member of Bridgewater Young Farmers' Club.

The total raised by September 15 was £3,071 and was still rising.

A spokesperson for the club said: "Sadly some of our members have been touched by suicide and we want to help those who are in need through education, training and positivity."

Lloyds Bank has supported the ride through match-giving and some of the banking team joined the young farmers on the epic challenge.

Phil Titherington, Lloyds Bank Relationship Manager, Agriculture, Devon and Somerset, said: "Mental health is a topic that needs to see more focus and thankfully seems to be.

"Farmers feed our families, they deserve and need our support.

"Our young farmers are the future of this fantastic industry, and we must support them in any way we can.

"Riding a hard 100 miles is a small price to pay to help.

"The Hill Farmer video goes a very long way to breaking down barriers, encouraging open conversation on what can wrongly be considered a taboo subject, and the idea is to replicate this tailored to supporting the younger generations."

If you would like to contribute to the fundraising for this vital project, visit