NFU Cymru has managed raised over £22,000 for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI), after its ‘Hike and Bike’ challenge in September.

The “gruelling” challenge saw NFU Cymru staff, officeholders and members take on two days of cycling and hiking.

The blister-inducing challenge included hiking up three mountains – Snowden, Cadair Idris and Pen y Fan; three of the highest peaks in the UK – and cycling between each one.

It all seems to have been worth it, however, as the union was able to present RABI with a cheque for £22,864.

John Mercer, NFU Cymru director said: “We work very closely with RABI, which is our chosen charity this year; therefore we are well aware of the fantastic work it carries out for farming families in need.

“We would urge anyone who is struggling emotionally or financially to contact RABI to see how it can offer support.”

Mercer explained that the fund-raiser “was one of the hardest and most challenging” the group had ever undertaken but added that members were spurred on knowing it was in aid of a great cause.

The charity expressed its gratitude to NFU Cymru for its efforts, saying the cheque is one of the largest donations they’ve ever received from Wales.

“On behalf of all at RABI, including those families we give assistance to, I would like to thank everyone involved in NFU Cymru’s Hike and Bike,” said Malcolm Thomas, chairman of RABI.

“We are very fortunate to have a close working relationship with NFU Cymru and have been overwhelmed by the support shown towards our work.”