Big cheque of thanks to nurses

Tractor race: Laura Standring and Phil Sanderson with nurses on the chemotherapy unit at Royal Blackburn Hospital
Tractor race: Laura Standring and Phil Sanderson with nurses on the chemotherapy unit at Royal Blackburn Hospital

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

The money, which will be divided between the unit and Rosemere Cancer Foundation with £100 also donated to the Alzheimer’s Society, was raised by a tractor run, organised 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 Craggs Energy sponsored Pendle Charity Tractor Run 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 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.