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Proud moment for organisers of truck and tractor run

A proud moment is how organisers of the first Wolds Illuminated Truck and Tractor Run felt after handing over cheques for almost £2,000 to both Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Blood Cancer UK.

Almost £4,000 was raised during the spectacular event last December which saw 85 decorated tractors and trucks make their way through Driffield and the surrounding villages to raise funds for the two charities.

The run, which took place on 17th December 2022, was organised by Mark Roper and his partner Nicola White from Golden Hill Farms and supported by Bainton & District Young Farmers Club (YFC).

Last Saturday, 11th February, Mark, Nicola, and her sister Carly White joined Nick Lount from Bainton YFC to present a cheque for £1,963.35 to Rob Scott from Yorkshire Air Ambulance and one for the same value to Stacey and Wayne Smalley from Blood Cancer UK.

Mark, Nicola and their family from Wansford have raised thousands of pounds in recent months for Blood Cancer UK after Nicola was told she had stage 4 lymphoma in August 2020, two years after going into remission following a first diagnosis.

Following a blood stem cell transplant last year, Nicola is back in remission.

The tractor run was organised by the family last year to continue with their fundraising efforts.

Stacey Smalley, regional relationship manager for Blood Cancer UK, said the money raised demonstrates the collective generosity of the Driffield community.

She said: “It is astonishing to receive this amount of money and it is fantastic the way the community has pulled together to support the event.

“The money will be so well spent to support people with blood cancer through difficult times following the pandemic.”

Yorkshire Air Ambulance was the charity chosen by Bainton YFC for their fundraising in 2022.

Rob, who is regional fundraiser for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, said: “I’d like to thank the organisers of the tractor run for their support of the charity. Every donation we receive helps to save lives and charity events like these are the lifeblood of the charity.”

Mark Roper from the organising team said: “It is a proud moment to be able to give this money to our two chosen charities.

“The generosity of everyone who supported us last year just blew us away and we are looking forward to doing it all again this year – but even bigger and better – and we have set a date of 16th December.”

Nick Lount, chairman of Bainton YFC, added his thanks to all those who took part.

He said: “It was so nice to see the overwhelming support from Driffield and the surrounding areas and we would like to thank all the sponsors, the tractor and truck drivers and all those who supported us along the route.”

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