Members of East Riding YFC and Barclays presented cheques totalling £3,820 to R.A.B.I and Yorkshire Air Ambulance at the Driffield Show in July. They were joined by the organisers and some of the tractor drivers from the 8th Annual Charity Tractor Road Run which was held on 31st May.
The event, which over 60 tractors took part in, raised £1,910.25 which was split between Yorkshire Air Ambulance and R.A.B.I. 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 so that £3,820.50 was presented to the charities.
Jenny Sleight, who helped to organise the event on behalf of East Riding YFC 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 who added: “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!” she added
The tractors assembled at Laburnum Farm, Etton near Beverley to set off on their 30 mile route. Tractors and drivers came from all parts of the East Riding including Driffield, Preston, Bridlington and Holme on Spalding Moor. Some travelled from further afield to take part in the prestigious award winning event. Recent publicity surrounding the Sleight Family enticed new entrants from as far afield as Wakefield.
The Sleight family scooped a national award recognising their commitment to fundraising for the charity close to their heart at R.A.B.I’s annual meeting in May. The Sleights were awarded the Hunter Cup which is presented to the individual or group of people who have successfully organised an on-farm event that has raised the most money and/or the greatest awareness of the charity and what it does.