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Wolds Valley Tractor Run raises £5337 for Macmillan

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The family of the late Peter Burton have said they were ‘blown away’ by the support they received at the sixth annual Wolds Valley Tractor Run in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

A record 185 tractors of all makes, ages and sizes turned out for the event held on Sunday 28th May in Peter’s memory, a keen tractor enthusiast who supported the event, who sadly died in January.

This year’s tractor run was held in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and a fantastic total of £5,337 was raised for the charity.

Jennifer Horsley, Peter’s daughter, said that the family were delighted with the way the tractor run went.

“From our family’s point of view, we were absolutely blown away with the support we received,” she told the Wolds Weekly.

“It was a really good atmosphere and we’re thrilled to think that it had all been done in memory of my dad. He would have been proud of the turnout.

“There were so many people who turned out above the usual amount and it wasn’t just the number of tractors, as there were so many local people who came out to look at the tractors when they stopped for lunch at our Gritt’s Farm in Fridaythorpe.

“A lot of farming friends and neighbours got involved through connections with my dad and had his picture on the front of their tractors and many said that they’d come back to do it again.

“He spent a lot of time in Thixendale and the villagers lined the streets on the run which was nice to see.

“Dad had always provided access to the route and stops and it’s nice to think that his contributions haven’t ended.”

This year’s run saw a prize for the best turned-out tractor and the winner, Ian Harland of Langtoft with his Fordson Major, received a shield and a trophy sponsored by Burton Roofing Merchants Ltd which was presented by Peter’s wife, Hilary.

The business also made a £200 donation to Macmillan Cancer Support on the day.
The run began at Manor Farm, Wintringham before heading to Duggleby, Wharram and Fridaythorpe before making a pit stop at Gritt’s Farm, by kind permission of the Burton family for lunch.

The route continued into Thixendale and Kirby Underdale before drivers followed a cross country path taking in farm tracks that many hadn’t come across before.
Paul Hudson, who organises the tractor run alongside his wife Helen, said it was bigger than they had ever imagined.

“On the Saturday night, we knew there were 130 tractors coming but then over 50 more turned up on the Sunday morning,” he explained.

“It was an unbelievable turnout and absolutely amazing to raise the amount which we have.
“To see so many tractors and people out watching the event was great and we’d like to thank everyone who gave us such tremendous support.

“We’d also like to thank Mrs Burton and Jennifer for use of their premises at Gritt’s Farm in Fridaythorpe where we stopped for lunch and for all their support and donations as without them, none of it would have been possible.

“Thanks to the land owners for allowing us to use the land and other businesses for their sponsorship.
“We’re really looking forward to next year and planning a bigger and better route, with hopefully eight miles of new off-roading.”

BEST TRACTOR: Hilary Burton presents the Best Turned Out Tractor shield to Ian Harland.

 

Clara White, Macmillan’s Area Fundraising Manager – North & East Yorkshire, said the charity was delighted the tractor run had once again been a great success.

“We are incredibly grateful that this year’s event was in aid of Macmillan and we cannot say thank you enough to everyone involved in making it such a huge success,” said Clara.

“A lot of hard work goes into organising an event on this scale and Paul and Helen do a phenomenal job.

“Macmillan is funded almost completely by donations so every penny raised from this event really will make a massive difference.

“We are looking to invest over £1 million in the East Riding for the next couple of years to improve the care for local cancer patients and their families but this is only possible with support.”

For further details about Macmillan’s East Riding campaign, visit www.macmillan.org.uk/eastriding

This week Paul took part in the 3 Coasts Vintage Tractor Run, the world’s longest annual tractor run, which travels from Liverpool to Whitby and back again.

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