Young farmer applauds YFC for ‘amazing’ community support amid pandemic

18 May 2020

18 May 2020

It comes as hundreds of YFCs have united across the country to help young people in often isolated rural communities stay connected amid the crisis.

With both parents working for the NHS alongside farming more than 150 acres of land in Cressage, 18 year old Evie Rogers claimed Shropshire Federation of Young Farmers (SFYFC) had been a ‘helping hand’ during this challenging time.

Miss Rodgers, who is also assistant treasurer of Alberbury Young Farmers, said: “My father is a porter and my mum is a health care assistant for the NHS but we also have around 300 ewes, which will now need lambing.

“It has been a very overwhelming time but the YFC has been amazing in offering support, whether that be through a phone call or social media - it is great to see members across Shropshire from local clubs working together to make sure people are coping during this difficult time.”

Miss Rogers highlighted the Shropshire YFC community had used its platform to help vulnerable residents with daily tasks such as collecting food shops and had also set weekly challenges for members in order to keep morale high.

She added: “Alberbury club secretary Rebecca Clarke has been setting challenges for members to complete, such as baking a cake or taking photos of animals and pets.

“Reavalley YFC has also followed suit, putting on competitions for their members to help keep in touch.”

Key workers

Efforts even saw Chris Potter, chairman of SFYFC, commit to a sponsored beard shave, in which all funds will be donated to the NHS and Air Ambulance charity.

Miss Rogers said: “These efforts demonstrate how young farmers are banding together to support our key workers and members of the community.

"It is comforting to see members are using this extra time in an innovative way to help those who need it.”