NFU takes cycling challenge to support farming in Africa
Published:  04 August, 2014

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is set to take part in a 100-mile cycle to raise money for farmers in Africa.

The NFU is to raise money for African farming charity, Farm Africa, which helps farmers with smallholdings in east Africa to boost productivity as a sustainable way of tackling hunger.

The NFU cyclists – Martin Haworth, John Mercer, Gemma Fitzpatrick, Tom Sales, Paul Bradley, Diane Mitchell, Richard Wordsworth and John Haselden – will take part in the Prudential RideLondon challenge from Queen Elizabeth Olympics Stadium in Stratford, east London, through Surrey and some of the area’s highest points.

Martin Haworth, NFU deputy director general, said: “We British farmers genuinely have a concern for our farming colleagues around the world and it’s fantastic to have the opportunity to do something that can raise money for such a worthwhile cause.”

Also taking part is NFU regional director West Midlands John Mercer, who previously cycled from London to Paris and walked the Ridgeway to raise money for Farm Africa. He said: “Helping farmers in Africa with new skills and technology as a way of overcoming challenges to grow more food makes perfect sense to me, and seems a far better long-term approach to tackling hunger than simply sending more food aid, which just runs out.”

You can donate to the NFU team’s fundraising page here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/NFURideLondon2014