The cup is awarded for ‘on farm’ events that raise money and greater awareness of the charity. The successful tractor run, organised by husband and wife John and Margaret and their daughter Jenny, is now in its eighth year and has raised more than £12,500 for charity – £5,700 for R.A.B.I. The family has farmed in Etton since 1990 and despite John’s ill health, which resulted in a brain operation and cancer treatment last year, still led out 80 tractors to raise more than £3,000 for charity.
The Sleight family collected the award from guest speaker National Farmers’ Union (NFU) deputy president Minette Batters in front of a packed audience at R.A.B.I’s annual meeting on 13 May.
R.A.B.I regional manager for the North East, Sally Conner said: “Not only do John and Margaret organise the tractor run every year for R.A.B.I and the Air Ambulance, they are passionate about helping others in need and attend nearly all our fundraising events. Proving it’s in the blood, daughter Jenny Sleight helps with the Tractor Run and is a member of R.A.B.I East Yorkshire Committee and family member Catherine Walton, husband and sons are always around to lend a hand.”
Pictured: John, Margaret and Jenny Sleight collect their award from NFU deputy president Minette Batters