A group of young farmers has covered 201 acres during a gruelling 24-hour charity ’ploughathon’.

Ivybridge Young Farmers Club successfully completed the challenge, beginning on the evening of Friday, September 22 and ploughing non-stop through the night and the following day.

The group says it has raised more than £3,000 so far for the Farming Community Network and Myeloma UK.

Members thanked Mr Walters of Scobbiscombe Farm, Kingston for allowing young aspiring farmers to gain valuable experience. Although exhausting, the event was greatly enjoyed by everyone involved.

Young farmer Mary Cole said: "I would like to say a big thank you to all the businesses that supplied the equipment like tractors and ploughs. This included Masons Kings, MST, Marshall Plant Hire, Andrew Symons and Dunns Ploughs.

"The fuel was kindly supplied by local farmers and Heltor which was a huge help.

"This wouldn’t have been possible without all of them, and the support from everyone else running the event."

The group continues to fundraise online via, www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ivybridge-youngfarmers .