NIGTA gives support to charity cycle marathon

Grain Trade cycle TD Farm
READY: Pictured front from left: Vincent Shannon, Stuart Purvis, Brian Conway and Ben Frazer. Back: Ed Brown, Niall O Donnell, Michael McAree, President, NIGTA; Richard Cooksley, organiser, GAFT Bike Ride; Nicky Lamb, Gavin McDonald and Peter Davidson. The Rural Support Helpline is 0800 138 1678. PICTURE: Columba O’Hare/ Newry.ie

NORTHERN Ireland’s feed trade turned out in force to support the UK-wide charity cycle tour of feed mills and grain businesses on the local leg of the journey.

The Northern Ireland section covered close to 300 miles on a three-day circuit of the Province – starting in Belfast Harbour via Newry, Armagh, Pomeroy, Omagh, Randalstown, Stranocum and finishing up in Larne.

A total of 33 cyclists from 14 local businesses enjoyed glorious weather as they travelled through some of the most scenic areas of NI.

All funds raised on this leg of the challenge will go towards assisting with the work of Rural Support.

Jude McCann, chief executive of the rural farming charity, was delighted with the efforts made on behalf of his organisation.

“Those in the supply trade see at first hand the pressures that many farmers face and understand the stress caused by financial and regulatory pressures – the sense of isolation and anxiety that can affect both the farm business and the farm household,” he said.

“Our work relies heavily on charitable donation and we greatly appreciate the continued support of the Grain Trade Association.”

Robin Irvine of NIGTA was pleased with the response from members and commented: “We had cyclists volunteering from all parts of the Province and from the small family businesses to large multinational companies.

“We are hopeful that this magnificent effort can translate into a significant contribution to the work of Rural Support.”

To donate to the fund please go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/GAFT

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