Trundling tractors in Pendle raise thousands for chemo unit

A convoy of 100 tractors trundled their way through Pendle villages and raised £6,000 for charity.

The annual Pendle Tractor Run, now in its 13th year, saw a myriad of tractors begin their journey at Nelson and Colne College and as a convoy, continue on to Barrowford, Blacko, Higherford, Barley, Newchurch-in-Pendle before finishing in Fence.

Event organiser Philip Sanderson (55) said: “As we came out of the college and went over the bridge there was a long stretch of people going into Barrowford.

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“It was overwhelming. Everyone was stood at the side of the road waiting for us. As we went past the pubs, people were outside waiting for us.”

Cheque presentation

Philip drove a tractor from 1953, while many other participants decorated their more modern tractors.

A supporter described the day as: “a fantastic event with tremendous support from our local farming community."

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Donations received through the Just Giving fundraising page and collection buckets through the villages raised a combined total of £6,000.

£3,000 of this has been gratefully received by ELHT&Me, the official charity of East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust.

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ELHT&Me’s donation will contribute to the refurbishment appeal at Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital’s Chemotherapy Unit.

The unit launched an appeal in summer to raise £30,000 to completely refurbish the unit for the benefit of patients across East Lancashire.

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To find out more about the appeal, visit https://justgiving.com/campaign/chemoelht?fbclid=IwAR1wLKmP-tfmDpwox835undRzYyILUSHbqx_5tiIZBzgfkoYhIN8eM0YINI