BUCKINGHAM Young Farmers are flexing their muscles in preparation for the Buckingham Christmas Parade on Saturday.
As usual, Buckingham Young Farmers’ Club will be enthusiastic entrants in the parade.
But instead of having a float, this year the Young Farmers are gearing up for something altogether more strenuous.
Having entered a float every year since the parade first started 27 years ago, this year Buckingham YFC members will be pulling a vintage tractor and trailer along the parade route to raise money for charity.
All the money they raise will be donated to Padbury-based Brain Tumour Research, a charity close to the club’s heart after a former Buckingham YFC member and continuing supporter of the club was diagnosed with the illness.
Brain Tumour Research represents a group of brain tumour research charities and works to raise money to fund the prevention and treatment of brain tumours, as well as ultimately finding a cure.
Club chairman Tom Wing said: “The club wanted to do something to help and the Christmas Parade was the perfect opportunity to increase awareness of the charity and raise some much-needed funds to support Brain Tumour Research’s valuable work fighting this illness.”
The fundraising effort is part of the club’s annual activities. This year’s fundraising events also include a New Year’s Eve Ball at Towcester Racecourse to raise money for the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance.
As well as organising and running fundraising events, Buckingham YFC members take part in many other activities, including learning rural skills, playing sports and attending social events.
For more information about Buckingham YFC, visit www.buckinghamyfc.co.uk or call Tom Wing on 07709 696846.
> Staff from Buckingham Hospital have been working hard to decorate a hospital bed as Pirates Of The Caribbean ship The Black Pearl, in keeping with the parade’s Disney theme this year.
A group consisting of about 13 nurses, physiotherapists, health assistants, cleaning staff and their families are planning to push the bed round the parade route to raise funds for the League of Friends of Buckingham Hospital.
Physiotherapist Susie Gaynard said a group of very enthusiastic children would be dressing up as pirates to ride on the float.
She told the Advertiser staff were not undertaking any special training for the event.
“We all like to keep fit anyway,” she said. “And we push the beds all round the hospital as it is.”
There will be 47 entries and five bands in this year’s Buckingham Christmas Parade, which sets off from Chandos Road at 10.45am prompt. Judging will begin at 10am.
Roads into the town will be closed from 10.30am, reopening when the parade is over, at about midday.
After the parade, there will be a community fair in Buckingham Community Centre, in Cornwall’s Meadow, with stalls from various community organisations.