Tractor fans unite for charity event

Vintage tractor enthusiasts set off for their charity run around Darley Abbey
Vintage tractor enthusiasts set off for their charity run around Darley Abbey

Tractor enthusiasts united last weekend to take part in a run to raise cash for a cancer charity.

Members of the National Vintage Tractor and Engine Club joined forces to take part in the charity tractor run, which tool place on Saturday, March 11.

Vintage tractor enthusiasts set off for their charity run around Darley Abbey

Vintage tractor enthusiasts set off for their charity run around Darley Abbey

23 tractors joined the run which was organised by members Derek Turton and Mark Adams to fundraise for Cancer Research UK.

The tractors set off from Hollies Farm Cafe from 11,30am and in convoy, followed a route through the Erewash district.

The drivers then returned back to the cafe for lunch – soups and sandwiches.

Derek was keen to host the event as a tribute to his late wife, who died from breast cancer in 2012.

Vintage tractor enthusiasts set off for their charity run around Darley Abbey

Vintage tractor enthusiasts set off for their charity run around Darley Abbey

He said: “Cancer is such a horrible disease, but unfortunately it is rapidly becoming the norm. You hear of more and more people who are affected by it and there are some wonderful charities which work hard to fund research, and also provide support and advice to cancer patients and their friends and family.

“I was keen to support Cancer research UK in memory of my late wife, and luckily the other club members were more than happy to get involved.

“We all agreed that we couldn’t think of a much better outcome than being able to talk tractors all day, ride around and see the sights and enjoy a spot of lunch together. And all that was raising money at the same time – a win-win outcome.”

The 69-year-old said the event was a huge success.

He said: “The day was excellent, we couldn’t have asked for more.

“The rain held out, which was quite a surprise, but great. The club members thoroughly enjoyed the social aspect and we managed to raise more than £100 in the process.”

Derek presented the cash to the charity on Monday, and hopes it will not be the last time he does so.

“I hope we can make it an annual event – making it bigger and better next year, raising even more.”

For more information visit: www.cancerresearchuk.org, or for more about the group visit: http://nvtec.co.uk.