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Christmas tractor run raises £6,600 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Organisers of the hugely successful Farmer Christmas Tractor Run have handed a cheque for over £6,600 to representatives of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

The charity run in December saw 125 tractors and other vehicles, all decorated with Christmas lights, set off from the base of main sponsor Wilfred Scruton Ltd in Foxholes, where the cheque was presented recently.

The agricultural vehicles then took a route through Langtoft, Kilham, Rudston, Burton Fleming, Thwing and Wold Newton before returning to Foxholes Community Hall.

In total, the event raised £8,871.23. The Yorkshire Air Ambulance received £6,614.23, whilst £1,957 and £300 were donated to the Kilham Playing Field Association and the North Wolds Lions Club’s Santa’s grotto.

This amount takes the rolling fundraising total for the Farmer Christmas tractor run to over £17,000 since it started in 2021.

Organiser of the event, Kilham Playing Field Association secretary Nicola Knaggs, said that everyone involved should be proud of their efforts.

“For a small collection of rural villages that is a huge achievement,” she said. “It is credit to the drivers who invested a lot of time and money, making such an effort to put on a brilliant light display and people were so very kind and generous in their donations in what we know are financially uncertain times.

“We would like to acknowledge our business sponsors and supporters of the event – Wilfred Scruton Ltd, Grimme, Boarcross Ltd, Lilly’s Plumbling, Richard Hayton Transport Ltd, Great Driffield Radio, Andy Hire (Bridlington), the Bite into British team from Anna’s Happy Trotters and Pockmor, and the generous donation received from local business B&F Potatoes Ltd.

“The support we receive is second to none and ensures we can do our best to make it really special whilst raising as much as possible for these valuable local and regional charities.

“It takes a big team of around 70 volunteers on the day covering 90 roles from the collectors on the street gathering donations to the team from Foxholes Community Hall serving teas and coffee, to the marshals on junction points making this event safe and enjoyable for everyone connected to it.

“When you add up the numbers of those involved it makes you really proud to be part of such a wonderful rural community where everyone is happy to get involved and make a difference.”

Rob Scott, regional fundraiser at Yorkshire Air Ambulance said: “We would like to sincerely thank the organisers and participants of the Farmer Christmas Tractor Run for their generous donation.

“It was a fantastic event and brilliant to see so many tractors supporting the event. The effort put in to decorating the tractors was also outstanding.

“The YAA have to raise £19,000 per day to keep both helicopters in the air and helping to save lives and we are so very grateful to all at the Farmer Christmas Tractor Run for their invaluable support.”

For details of this year’s event, follow Farmer Christmas Tractor Run on Facebook, whilst we also bring you details in the Wolds Weekly.

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