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Farmers to cover length of Britain on ATVs for charity

Three well known members of the farming community will take to the open road on quad bikes this May to raise money for childrens cancer charities and Southampton Hospital.

Wiltshire farmer and Network Grain UK director, Jerry Bailey, NFU South Wiltshire Group Secretary, Steve Bartlett and East Yorkshire farmer and Green Pea Company director, Nick Baker, will ride their bikes from John OGroats to Lands End in memory of Jerrys son Robert Bailey, who lost his fight against cancer in June 2008 at the age of 13.

We are hoping to raise a total of 15,000 to go to CCLG the Childrens Cancer and Leukaemia Group, CLIC Sargent (Cancer and Leukaemia in Children) and the Southampton Hospital Charity, said Jerry Bailey who farms at Ford near Salisbury.

The trip has been made even more poignant since Jerry was subsequently diagnosed with throat cancer in April 2009 and the idea of the adventure has helped him through his treatment.

Armed with three new All Terrain Vehicles, kindly supplied by Polaris UK, the men will leave John OGroats on May14 and hope to reach Lands End by May 25.

The plan is to cover as much of the distance as we can off-road and to start off by heading for the West Coast of Scotland along some mountain passes, before taking the ferry over to Arran and then crossing over to Ayrshire and then into Dumfriesshire, he added.

From there the three plan to travel down through the Lake District and Peak District.

As we travel through the Midlands we will make a stop at the UK Polaris headquarters at Coleshill near Birmingham together with the NFU Mutual offices at Stratford- Upon-Avon, who are also supporting the trip, before we head for Oxfordshire then onto the Salisbury Plains and Dartmoor.

Sponsorship donations for the trip can be made by visiting the Virgin Money Giving website at:-

1. The Childrens Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG) is an association of healthcare professionals involved in the treatment, research and care of children and younger teenagers with cancer.

2. CLIC (Cancer and Leukaemia in Children) Sargent helps children and young people with cancer and their families with the trauma of diagnosis, the often long journey through treatment and continues to support them afterwards.

3. The Southampton Hospital Charity is a charity that enhances the first class services provided by the NHS Trust at Southampton General Hospital (SGH), Princess Anne Hospital and Countless Mountbatten House Hospice. Any donations from the appeal will be directed towards the Piam Brown Ward at SGH.

4. Virgin Money Giving is a not- for-profit organisation that will claim gift aid on a charitys behalf where the donor is eligible.

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