Tractor run raises cash for two charities

Cheques totalling �3,820 were presented to two charities at the Driffield Show.
Cheques totalling �3,820 were presented to two charities at the Driffield Show.

More than £3,800 has been donated to two charities following a tractor run.

Members of East Riding Young Farmers’ Clubs and Barclays Bank presented cheques totalling £3,820 to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and Yorkshire Air Ambulance at the Driffield Show last week.

They were joined by the organisers and some of the tractor drivers from East Riding Young Farmers’ Clubs 8th Annual Charity Tractor Road Run, which was held on 31 May.

The event, which over 60 tractors took part in, raised £1910.25 which was split between Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. John Colley and Caroline Sawyer from Barclays Bank were involved in the organisation and running of the tractor run.

In return for their efforts Barclays Community Fund matched the total raised, meaning that £3820.50 was presented to the charities.

Jenny Sleight, who helped to organise the event on behalf of East Riding Young Farmers’ Clubs, said “I love the fact that such a wide age range of people can share the same hobby. It is amazing to see such a wide range of tractors in all shapes and sizes.”

The run was led by John Sleight and as the tractors weaved their way round the country lanes they took in a number of villages and the tractors were greeted enthusiastically by people who had turned out to see them and support the charities.

John said: “I was really pleased that so many people turned out to see us. A lot of people really made an effort and it is always great to see so many people lining the roads in support and greeting us with a friendly wave.”

Jenny went on to say “We have now raised over £16,400 in the eight years we have hosted the event, it really does make all the hard work worthwhile.”

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution is a charity which provides support for members of the farming community who are in need.