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Inskip Christmas tractor run raises £2,500 for hospital’s children’s charity

Posted on - 13th January, 2022 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Health, Inskip, Preston News, Wyre News
Bryan, right, with Pete and the donation raised for Lancashire Teaching Hospital Charity’s Children’s Appeal when the local farming community came together last month for the first of what could now be an annual Preston area Christmas charity tractor run. Picture: Julie Frankland

The successful tractor run which was held as a Christmas event in Preston, raised £2,500 for Lancashire Teaching Hospital Charity’s Children’s Appeal.

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45 tractors were decorated and 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.

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Bryan Eccleston and his partner Jilly organised the tractor run, 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 less scary and more comfortable for the 10,000 babies and young people annually, aged from one day to 19 years, who attend for check-ups and treatment.

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