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Martin runs for Africa

Published on 18th June 2010

Guild member Martin Stanhope has raised £1800 for the FARM-Africa charity by running in this year’s London Marathon. He completed the run in just five hours and 22 minutes.

“The London Marathon is an amazing challenge,” he says. “I went through every emotion on the day, from terror to total joy and relief. I’d recommend it to anyone – it’s not easy, but it’s simply unforgettable.”

 

Martin Stanhope

Martin, who moves from the editor’s chair at the NFU’s British Farmer & Grower magazine to take up the reins at NFU Countryside in July, was moved to run for FARM-Africa after the NFU embarked on a year-long fund-raising appeal for the charity in 2008 as part of its centenary celebrations.

That campaign raised almost £200,000 for a charity that helps farming projects in third World countries, supporting less fortunate families in East Africa to enable them to grow their own food and be less reliant on foreign aid. The cash has provided welcome support for the Cassava Project, which helps grow this staple crop in the eastern region of Uganda.

“The crop was hit badly by a new form of mosaic virus, which left many people in the country dependent on food aid,” explains Martin. “The Cassava Project encourages farmers to plant higher yielding, mosaic virus-resistant varieties.”

FARM-Africa also runs projects for increasing milk production among small-scale dairy farmers in Kenya and improving poultry production in Uganda.

“I’d like to offer sincere thanks to all those who sponsored me,” adds Martin. “Their generosity made running the marathon all so worthwhile.”

Guild members who would like to congratulate Martin on his run by adding to the sponsorship pot can do so here.

More details about the NFU’s FARM-Africa campaign are available here.

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