The finance director of farm machinery manufacturer Grimme UK has set off on a charity challenge – aiming to walk, ride and run the distance of Route 66.
Donna Hall hopes tackling the 2,278 mile route virtually will raise more than £2,278 for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) and You Are Not Alone (YANA), both of which support agricultural workers.
One of the most famous roads in the United States, Route 66 originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona ending in Santa Monica in Los Angeles County, California.
Ms Hall saw it as the perfect charity challenge when she heard about the Route 66 virtual challenge on the website EndToEnd.run. She aims to complete the challenge well within the suggested two-year target.
“Due to COVID-19, charities all over the UK have seen a significant fall in their donations, and UK farming charities are no exception,” says Ms Hall. “I know that by raising money for RABI and YANA, we can make a big difference to those who desperately need help.
“Extreme weather, illness, accidents, bereavement, financial problems and much more often lead to severe hardship and all too often issues with mental health. It’s reassuring to know that when this happens, they are both there to provide essential help and support.”
RABI is the oldest agricultural charity in the UK, dating from 1860 and provides financial support, practical care and guidance to farming people of all ages, including farmers, farmworkers and dependants.
Founded in Norfolk in 2008, YANA helps people in farming affected by stress and depression. It has since expanded into Suffolk and Worcestershire and also offers confidential support via its telephone helpline – 0300 323 0400.
To make a donation, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DonnaNewsonHall