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Young Farmers’ Three Peaks Challenge funded three WAA missions

A young farmers group has funded more than three lifesaving helicopter missions across Wales by climbing three peaks against the clock to raise donations.

The Chirbury and Marton YFC conquered three of the highest peaks in Wales, England and Scotland within 24 hours, to raise donations for Wales Air Ambulance in June.

11 of the young farmers group completed the three peaks challenge, raising over £5,000 for the Welsh helicopter charity, to help them raise the £6.5 million needed every year to fund their missions.

The YFC members scaled Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, walking a total distance of 42km and climbing over 9,800ft.

The young farmers set off on their nation-wide challenge at the base of Ben Nevis on the evening of June 10, finishing at the bottom of Snowdon at 4.45pm on June 11.

The fundraisers walked for 13 hours and drove for 11 hours, to complete the gruelling three peaks challenge in a day, completing it despite facing difficult weather.

Chirbury and Marton YFC collected sponsorship and donations from friends and family, raising a total of £5,538 for Wales Air Ambulance, enough to fund several of the Welsh helicopter charity’s lifesaving missions across Wales.

Each of Wales Air Ambulance’s missions cost around £1,500, funded by kind donations.

Helen Thomas, Wales Air Ambulance Community Coordinator, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to the Chirbury and Marton YFC for their support, as it has funded several of our missions.

“By taking on this challenge and conquering it, despite the bad weather, they are helping us fly to the aid of the people of Wales in their hour of need.”

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