Broughton YFC Charity Car Pull

Feb 18, 2024  •  Club Fundraising

Broughton YFC’s Charity Car Pull

On Sunday 18th February, a team of Cumbrian young farmers raised over £12,000 for their local mountain rescue team by pulling and pushing a car for over 17 miles. Around 60 members of Broughton Young Farmers Club took part in the challenge, which saw them push and pull the car from Millom to Broughton to raise money for the Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team.

A group of school friends (Bradley Troughton, Daniel Leighton, Jack Shephard, Jonny Woodhouse, and Neil Fell) organised the fundraiser in memory of their friend Edward Gabbert, a member of Broughton YFC who sadly passed away in a farming accident 10 years ago. The 17.3 mile-long route began at Millom School and took them down Buckman Brow, up Duddon Woods, over Ulpha, then through Broughton Mills before finally ending in Broughton Square.

The club were initially hoping to raise £5,000 for the mountain rescue. However, after they reached out to local businesses for sponsorship, over 100 businesses paid to sponsor the young farmers and have their logos displayed on the car – meaning they’d already achieved double their target before they even set off on Sunday. Teams of young farmers took it in turns to push and pull the car, a modified old Toyota Rav 4, up a number of very steep hills. As Bradley Troughton told the BBC, "It was hard, some of the hills were very long, but we're blown away to have raised more than £12,000."

The young farmers were overwhelmed with the support they received on the day, with members of the public donating over £1,400 in their charity buckets along the route. With some sponsor money still to come in, the club are hoping that the final total raised will be over £13,000. The money raised be put towards building a new permanent base for the Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team to store their kit and conduct training.

The members did an amazing job on the day and even arrived in Broughton Square an hour ahead of schedule – probably due to their speed on the downhill sections! Broughton YFC are extremely grateful for the support they received from the Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team, and especially to all of the supporters who donated to the cause and showed up on the day to cheer them on along the route.

Any donations to support the Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team would be gratefully received – you can donate here: