A GROUP of young farmers plunged more than 100 meters for charity.

The Southminster Young Farmers did a charity abseil down the ArcelorMittal Orbit in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to raise money for the Farming Community Network.

The goal was to raise £4,200 for the charity which raises awareness of rural mental health and wellbeing in the farming community.

A group of 35 farmers and supporters scaled up the 114.5-meter structure where they could see far away landmarks such as The Shard.

Club treasurer Alysha Gray said: “We choose to abseil down the Orbit as it is quite a hard and unusual feat but a brilliant achievement for those of us who struggle with heights.

“Despite the height issues we didn’t let this bring us down.

“Like true young farmers, we rose to the challenge and had a really enjoyable day, even getting some potential new members involved.

“This charity is very close to the hearts of many of us in Southminster and Essex young farmers and is our chosen charity for this year.

“On average, one farmer a week will commit suicide.

“This can be due to many reasons - money, illness in livestock, family pressures or even a combination of all three.

“The Farming Community Network aims to help farmers through these difficult times either by helping gain monetary grants or support and advice.”

On their online fundraising page, they have raised £770.