FW staff tackle fundraising feats for RABI and air ambulance

Two members of Farmers Weekly have taken on feats to raise funds for rural charities.

Deputy news editor Philip Case ran the Brighton Marathon on Sunday (9 April), the hottest day of the year, to raise funds for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (Rabi).

Philip, who completed the 26.2-mile course in 4hrs 20mins, said: “It was a special day. The crowd support was sensational and there was so much banter along the way.

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“The last six miles were incredibly gruelling into a headwind along the beach. I was relieved to cross that line.

“Thank you, everyone, for your support and kind donations. I’m not doing any more marathons… until the next one. London is calling.”

To donate towards Philip’s run, visit his JustGiving page

Michael Priestley and team mates

Michael Priestley was one of 14 cricketers from Aldbrough St John Cricket Club who climbed Scafell Pike

A second Farmers Weekly team member has also been raising cash for charity. Livestock reporter Michael Priestley was in a team of 14 cricketers from Aldbrough St John Cricket Club who climbed Scafell Pike on 1 April to raise money for the Great North Air ambulance (GNAAS) and club funds.

The group made it up Great End and on to Sca Fell, with the majority then bagging Esk Pike and Bow Fell before ending the day in Langdale after 11 hours of walking.

The money raised will be split 50:50 between the air ambulance and the club. Farmers Weekly owner Reed Business Information (RBI) pledged a further £100 for the GNAAS.

An ambitious fundraising target of £4,200 was set, with £3,000 almost secured. The village is eyeing up a set of cricket covers for the first time in the club’s 107-year history.

To donate, visit Michael’s JustGiving page

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