A keen cyclist is getting on his bike and riding 150 miles over two days in October (10-11) to help raise awareness and funds for The Farming Community Network (FCN) – a national charity which supports farmers experiencing times of hardship.

As part of the bike ride, Peter Hardy, FCN Regional Director for the Midlands, will be travelling 150 miles in total, spending roughly 25 miles in each Midlands County he rides through – Shropshire, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and ending in Leicestershire. On the way he will be sharing social media posts and taking photographs documenting his journey and raising awareness of FCN.

FCN is a national charity providing practical and pastoral support to farming families in England and Wales. Through its 400 volunteers and its national Helpline (03000 111 999), FCN provides an important service to the farming community. FCN’s FarmWell platform provides useful information promoting personal and business resilience to farming families: https://farmwell.org.uk/

Many cases presenting to FCN contain a mental health component, which can be exacerbated by issues such as financial difficulties, relationship problems and fears and uncertainties around the future.

In the Midlands, FCN has groups of volunteers based in Cheshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire – helping to support farmers during challenging times and with planning ahead for the future.

The bike ride is part of FCN’s Big 25 – a celebration of the charity’s 25th anniversary, which is seeing local events, including bike rides and walks, taking place throughout England and Wales – with participants making sure to adhere to Government Covid-19 guidelines.

Peter said: “FCN’s Big 25 is a great opportunity for us to celebrate 25 years of our charity providing vital support to farming families throughout England and Wales. With Covid-19 forcing us to postpone or cancel many fundraising events this year, we wanted to make sure we still did something to recognise our volunteers’ hard work and dedication and mark our 25th anniversary.

“Farmers are key workers who have helped keep the country running. Covid-19 has reminded the nation that we rely on our farmers to put food on the table. By cycling across the Midlands as part of FCN’s Big 25, I hope to raise awareness of what FCN does to support the farming community during challenging times.”

More information about FCN’s Big 25 is available here: https://fcn.org.uk/big-25/

The fundraising page is available here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/fcnbig25

Details of Peter’s bike ride are available below:

The route involves 250km or just over 150 miles which is 25 miles per county that Peter will ride through.

Saturday 10th October

  • Set off from Home – 08:15
  • To Market Drayton – 15km – arrive 09:00 – Shropshire Rural Support
  • To Beeston Mart site – 33km – arrive 11:00 – FCN Cheshire /Agchap
  • To Leek Auction – 56 km – arrive 15:00 – FCN Staffs
  • To Bakewell Auction – 32 km – arrive 18:00 – FCN Derbys

Sunday 11th October

  • From Bakewell Auction – 09:00 – FCN Derbyshire
  • To Newark Mart site – 69km – arrive 12:30 – Nottinghamshire Rural Support
  • To Melton Mowbray Mart – 45km – arrive 15:45 – FCN Leicestershire
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