Tractor run’s big boost for hospital

Tractor run boost for charity (S)
Tractor run boost for charity (S)

A massive cheque for £4,700 was presented to nurses on the chemotherapy unit at Royal Blackburn Hospital in honour of the late Pendle farmer Andrew Nutter.

The money, which will be divided between the unit and Rosemere Cancer Foundation minus £100 for the Alzheimer’s Society, was raised by a Pendle tractor run – around Pendleside mainly.

It is organised on an annual basis by Andrew’s sister Laura Standring, of Tynedale Old Stables, Newchurch, and his best friend Phil Sanderson, of Rigg of England Farm, Fence.

More than 100 modern and vintage tractors turned out for the August run in memory of Andrew, formerly of Sabden Old Hall Farm, who died of cancer in 2009 aged just 40.

Led by his brother Brian Nutter, who farmed with him, they followed a route that went from Fence to Newchurch, Barley, Sabden Fold, Higham, Barrowford, Blacko and Roughlee before returning to Fence. En route, members of Pendle Young Farmers’ Club took up a bucket collection among the many spectators.

The run was the sixth since Andrew’s death. With the money raised from this year’s run added to that from previous years, it means Andrew’s family, friends and members of the local community have donated £16,700 in his memory, which has been shared among a number of local charities.

And seeing the tractors in a big parade goes down very well with the public each year. You get lots of waves from the people on the vehicles and they always start and finish at Rigg of England.