Farmers jump in the saddle to raise money for mitochondrial disease research - The Rugby Observer

Farmers jump in the saddle to raise money for mitochondrial disease research

Rugby Editorial 17th May, 2019   0

YOUNG farmers will be saddling up in a 596-mile bikeathon to raise money to support research into mitochondrial disease.

Members from four Warwickshire Young Farmers’ (WYF) clubs will be peddling the distance from Kenilworth to its twin town Eppstein in Germany on static bikes to fund-raise for The Lily Foundation at this year’s Kenilworth Show on June 8.

WYF is supporting the charity after the Warwickshire County President Bert Mitchell and his partner Jenny Yerbury’s godchild, Grace, passed away suddenly from mitochondrial disease last year aged just three.

The clubs fund-raising for Team Grace include Long Itchington, Brandon and Wolston, Leamington Hastings and Wormleighton – which have all chosen The Lily Foundation as their chosen charity of the year.

Megan Bailey, vice-chair for Long Itchington YFC, said: “It is very rare that four clubs will come together like this in one fund-raiser but we all want to raise as much as we possibly can to support Team Grace.

“Each club will have one bike each and we’ll all be working toward the 596-mile goal, with around nine hours to complete it in.

“There will hopefully be 36 riders in total across the day and every cyclist will be giving it their all to raise funds to support research into mitochondrial disease.”

Visit to find out more about Team Grace and to support The Lily Foundation.

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