LEISURE: Tractor cavalcade raises funds for charity

LEISURE: Tractor cavalcade raises funds for charity

NEARLY 100 tractors of all shapes and sizes helped to raise more than £1,700 in aid of children’s cancer funds at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton.

The convoy of tractors set off on a Tractor Road Run in aid of the Marion Evered Trust on Sunday (April 8, 2018) which helps raise money for the children’s ward.

This year’s event was supported by 83 supporters driving and bringing their tractors from as far afield as Bristol, Glastonbury, Langport, Minehead, Wheddon Cross on Exmoor and Tiverton in Devon.

The Marion Evered Trust Fund started back in 1974 and since then more than £200,000 has been raised for the hospital.

It came after Arthur and Pauline Barrow saw their young daughter, Tracy, diagnosed with leukaemia in 1972.

This year’s tractor run took four hours to complete the 25-mile route which started at Combe Florey and followed the West Somerset Railway line to Williton and then through Bicknoller where they were welcomed by 96-year-old Marion Evered herself at Crowcombe village hall as well as a hot meal for everyone involved.

A spokesman said: “A total of £1768-00 has been raised so far this year with more donations still coming in. This money will go towards buying new equipment for the ward.”

Many thanks to Brian Bateman for submitting these photos to the Bridgwater Press.