Tractors ride out to help fight against cancer
By Martin Paul - Senior Reporter
A VINTAGE tractor club has made good on its promise to use its first rally after lockdown to raise cash for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Hamsterley Tractor Club, which is renowned for raising thousands of pounds for good causes, handed over a whopping £1,000 earlier this month ahead of its latest run around the dale.
Club chairman Joe Dobson said along with the previous rally, cash was also raised during a charity night at Hamsterley Social Club in May which featured live music by JJ Malone and a raffle.
He added: “Right through Covid, Macmillan was in touch every month so we said once we are out of it, we will do something for them.”
Macmillan volunteer Kevin Richardson was on hand to accept the cash during a rally on Sunday, July 17, which attracted drivers from as far as Aberdeen to take part.
Mr Richardson said: “This is absolutely brilliant. I volunteer at Darlington Memorial Hospital where we give out books to help people with cancer and provide them with information. You can buy a lot of books with this. We can get 1,500 books specific to cancer with this. We also make Macmillan grants which is vital at this time when fuel is so expensive.”
The latest rally saw drivers start at David Armstrong’s yard at Copley before heading out to Woodland, around Cockfield, on to Winston, through Ovington and Hutton Magna and on to Barningham and Hope, at the Stang, before heading back to Copley.
They covered about 43 miles during the event.