Young farmers saddle up for Skye

Members of the Abingdon Young Farmer Club are to bike nearly 200 miles to raise money for Oxford based charity, Blue Skye Thinking.

Keen cyclists Rebecca Hollands, Christina O’Hare, Isobel Mogford, David Hunt, Danny Humphrey, Verenique Beviere, Darren James and Lauren Moris will be cycling in tandem from Abingdon to their annual convention in Torquay – more than 190 miles.

The eight cyclists will leave Abingdon on Tuesday, April 18 and hope to arrive in Devon town three days later, on the Friday afternoon.

Blue Skye Thinking was set up by Sally and Andrew Hall in memory of their son, Skye, from Abingdon, who died in 2014 from side effects of his treatment for medulloblastoma, an aggressive and cancerous brain tumour.

The team is hoping to raise £1,000 towards the charity’s Aim Skye High Appeal.

The appeal aims to raise £50,000 towards a three year Post Doctoral research position at the renowned Northern Institute for Cancer Research.

Rebecca said: “Every year, all Young Farmer Clubs nationwide choose a charity to fund raise for.

“We first met Blue Skye Thinking at a local event in the summer of 2016. It was here that we first heard the truly inspirational, yet sad, story of Skye and his brave battle with cancer.

“After also discovering that one of Oxfordshire Young Farmer Clubs county leaders was friends with Skye’s mum, we knew that this was our chosen charity for the year. It was a unanimous decision.

“We will be aiming sky high to raise money, but will also try to raise awareness of the charity Blue Skye Thinking and all the work they do in order to raise money for research into new treatments of childhood brain tumours.”

More than 350 children a year in the UK face the devastating news that they have a brain tumour, yet only just over one per cent of cancer funding goes towards research into brain tumours, the number one cancer killer in children and teenagers.

Mrs Hall said: “We have such a generous community in Oxford and once again they have delivered.

“Without local organisations getting involved and spreading the message we would not be where we are today so thank you to the Young Farmers Club for choosing Blue Skye Thinking to support.

“Together we will continue to raise money for research to find better treatments for those children who need it.”

To support the Young Farmer Club challenge, visit: tinyurl.com/znrgohz

To support the appeal, visit tinyurl.com/je2377r or text UPUP52 £3 to 70070.

To plan a ‘Skye High’ fundraising event, email: contact@blueskyethinking.org and the charity will send a fundraising pack.

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