Local UFU girls climb high for Air Ambulance 

Rachel and Lesley at the top of Cuilcagh.

TWO local Ulster Farmer’s Union staff recently swapped wellies for hiking boots for an impressive charity climb in aid of the Air Ambulance NI.

Last week,  Rachel Buchanan and Lesley Graham from the UFU in Strabane took to the hills of Bessie Bell and Culicagh along with almost 40 other UFU members as part of a year-long series of fund-raising events to help raise £100,000 for the Air Ambulance. 

In total, the dynamic due completed 13 miles, or 25,000 steps.

“We were more than happy to take part in this challenge with so many other individuals connected with the Ulster Farmer’s Union,” Lesley said. “The Union is 100 years old this year, so branches across the North have been tasked with raising £100,000 for the Northern Ireland Air Ambulance. 

“Overall, Rachel and I completed 13 miles over what was a very enjoyable day. 

“We done a bit of training beforehand and overall, it felt good to give something back to an organisation that gives so much to farmers while also supporting a worthwhile charity.”

According to UFU President Ivor Ferguson, the UFU sees a service such as the Air Ambulance as vital for rural dwellers.

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