Cornish young farmer, Belinda Hawken, together with her family, organised a tractor run in memory of her father, Christopher Hawken, who suddenly passed away earlier this year, writes Ruth Wills.
They hosted one of the biggest tractor runs Cornwall has ever seen on September 21 and were blown away by the support they received from around the county.
With 75 tractors attending the event, as well as 10 four-wheel drive vehicles, the 25-mile loop took the procession around the prominent places in Christopher’s life, beginning at his brother’s farm, where he grew up.
From there it led to the Boconnoc estate and through the village of Cardinham, before stopping at his family home in Lanhydrock for lunch.
The route finished at Penwine Farm, St Mabyn where he had worked for 25 years.
“It was an amazing sight to see everyone there showing their support,” says Belinda.
The event raised a staggering £2,300 on the day, with donations still pouring in. The money will be split between Cornwall Air Ambulance and Truro’s neonatal unit – which helped look after Christopher’s daughters.
“We didn’t expect that many people to turn up,” she adds. “To have raised such a huge amount was amazing.”