Christmas Tractor Run Raises £2,500 for Children’s Appeal Charity

A Preston tractor run held as a Christmas event has raised £2,500 for Lancashire Teaching Hospital Charity’s Children’s Appeal.

45 decorated tractors took part as they played carols while driving along a 15-mile route beginning in Inskip and going through Catforth, Treales, Roseacre, Elswick and Great Eccleston.

Money was raised via the tractor drivers and buckets which collected spare change from families along the route.

The tractor run was organised by Bryan Eccleston and his partner Jilly with help from their friend Pete Marquis.

This was the third run Bryan has organised in the last two years, and its success has led to the team planning to make the Christmas tractor run an annual event.

Bryan said: “It was great to see so many families lining the route. It was a special evening that really brought the community together.

“I’d like to thank everyone who joined the tractor convoy, especially for the effort drivers had put in trimming their tractors, and everyone who donated. As it was such a success, it is something we are hoping to now do annually.”

The run’s donation to the Children’s Appeal will help pay for a £1 million shopping list of items to make children’s wards, outpatients and other paediatric treatment areas at the Royal Preston Hospital as comfortable as possible for patients.

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