It’s raised more than £20k for good causes over 10 years, but this year’s East Riding YFC charity tractor run is set to be the last. The final run brought together over 100 tractors and raised £4,784 for the two chosen charities: the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and R.A.B.I.
The event was organised by East Yorkshire committee member Jenny Jenkinson, with the help of her parents John and Margaret Sleight and sister Catherine Walton. The family have put the tractor run together every year since 2008. They enlisted the help of the East Riding YFC, who brought tractors, marshaled, and collected money.
Tractors and riders from all parts of East Riding flocked to Laburnum Farm near Etton, the home of the Sleights, to start the 30 mile trek.
In 2015, R.A.B.I awarded the Sleight family the Hunter Farm Cup. This recognition is given to the organisers of a regular event that has raised the most funds and awareness for the charity. At the time, they had raised more than £12,500 for both charities. After their tenth run, this total has been brought up to around £23,000, with almost £11,500 being donated to R.A.B.I.
R.A.B.I regional manager for the North East, Sally Conner said: “John and Margaret Sleight together with their daughters Catherine and Jenny have been very keen supporters of the R.A.B.I for many years. It has been truly inspiring working with them as they are all so organised, there is no wonder that their events are always a huge success.
“I know that they are all willing to continue to support the R.A.B.I in the future attending other events but the time has come to drive their R.A.B.I tractors into the shed! A very big thank you from all in East Yorkshire for all their work and dedication organising the Tractor Run, we will miss them!”
Pictured above are John and Margaret Sleight (left) and Jenny Jenkinson collecting their award from Minette Batters (right), NFU deputy president, in 2015.