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Wolds Festive Illuminated Truck and Tractor Run raises a staggering £8.5k for charity

Delighted organisers of the Wolds Festive Illuminated Truck and Tractor Run said they have been blown away by the support for the charity spectacular, which saw 118 decorated tractors and trucks spread festive cheer as they lit up the December night sky. The event not only captivated the community with its dazzling display but also achieved a staggering amount of £8489.45 raised for charity, showcasing the generosity and goodwill of all those who supported the festive parade.

Huge crowds of people lined the route which saw the vehicles, adorned with festive decorations and lights, make their way through Driffield and the surrounding villages to raise money for Elsie’s Appeal, a fund set up to help and support 11-year-old Elsie from Driffield who was diagnosed with CLN3 Batten disease in December 2021, as well as Blood Cancer UK, Alzheimer’s Society and Bainton Young Farmers.

The run, which took place last Saturday evening (16th December), was organised by Mark Roper and his partner Nicola White and her sister Carly and is being supported by Bainton & District Young Farmers Club (YFC).

Wolds Festive Illuminated Charity Truck and Tractor Run 2023

Mark, Nicola and their family from Wansford have raised thousands of pounds 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.

After gathering at Driffield Showground, the convoy made its way through Driffield town centre, where excited families waved and cheered as the vehicles flashed their lights and blew their horns, before heading out to villages including Nafferton, Wansford, Skerne, Hutton Cranswick, Southburn, Bainton, Tibthorpe, Wetwang and Garton-on-the-Wolds.

Organiser Mark Roper thanked everyone who supported the event and said he couldn’t have asked for a better night.

He said: “Once again, we have been completely blown away by the support and it was an absolutely brilliant night.

“We couldn’t have asked for better weather for the run and to see so many people come out and line the route was amazing.

“The atmosphere at the Showground was electric and the distance that some of the drivers had travelled to take part was humbling.

“The drivers have to be applauded for the effort they put in to decorating their vehicles; the run wouldn’t happen if people didn’t put this effort in.

“The feedback we have received has been phenomenal and the generosity people have shown for these amazing charities is amazing.

“We would like to thank all of the volunteers who helped with the collecting this year and every year we hope to keep improving and so we hope to have more collectors out in the rural areas next year.

“Elsie enjoyed taking part and riding through the town on the back of the Dumble Farm trailer.

“We would like to thank the police for taking part in the run and helping us out with traffic control on Exchange Street.

“A huge thank you to all of our sponsors and supporters who made this happen again for us and we are looking forward to being back again next year.”

A collection box is available in the Wolds Weekly office on Middle Street South for anyone who was unable to donate last weekend.

Mark thanked the sponsors Robert D Webster; Matthew Watson Transport; YTS (Yorkshire Tyre Specialist); Original Keys; Robinson Contract Services; Independent Agri Parts; Farmstar; Keith Warren Installations; AMK Fuel Services; JSR Farms, Adverset, Beautique 32, Dee, Atkinson & Harrison, Cherry’s Country Hardware and CW Foreman.

He also added his thanks to supporters Golden Hill Farms; Bainton YFC; Driffield Showground; Dumble Farm; L&P Electrical; Beverley Ambulance Service; JNI Transport; Humberside Police Rural Task Force; The Crackling Pig; Great Driffield Radio, Driffield & Wolds Weekly, Ag Coms and Driffield School & Sixth Form.

Wolds Festive Illuminated Charity Truck and Tractor Run 2023

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