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Young Farmers Club tractor run raises £20,000 in memory of former member

A record 360 tractors turned out to support a Young Farmers’ Club’s (YFC) annual run, which raised £20,000 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance in memory of a former member.

Tractors arriving at the Yorkshire Agricultural Society's (YAS) headquarters. Credit: Matthew Barker
Tractors arriving at the Yorkshire Agricultural Society's (YAS) headquarters. Credit: Matthew Barker
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Young Farmers Club tractor run raises £20,000 in memory of former member

The event was the fourth annual tractor run Knaresborough YFC had organised since 24-year-old Mike Spink died in a road accident while working on a farm in New Zealand in 2017.

 

Stephen Brown, one of the organisers, said: “We got to last year’s total of just over 300 and then they just kept coming – it is a happy but very emotional day for all of us who knew Mike.

 

“He would be absolutely capped to think of all these tractors turning out to remember him and raise money for such a good cause.”


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The new starting point for the run took place at the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s headquarters in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, and continued through its traditional Nidderdale drive-throughs, with high levels of turnout securing it as the biggest tractor run in the country.

 

Fellow organiser James Parker added the event was a ‘wonderful’ way of attracting new members to join the YFC and encouraged youngsters to attend its weekly meetings at Knaresborough Football Club.

 

He said: “We meet every Wednesday night and everybody is very welcome – you do not have to live on a farm to join young farmers.”

 

For further information about the tractor run or joining YFC visit www.yfyfc.co.uk.

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