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Hundreds of Tractors Hit the Highstreet in Hospice Fundraiser

Last Saturday 18th December, saw a brand-new Christmas spectacular hit the highstreets of Hertfordshire as the ‘Farmers on Christmas Lights Tour’ took to the towns of Baldock, Letchworth and Hitchin.

Crowds turned out in the masses to clap from the curbs as 100 tractors toured the area, showcasing their tinsel, festive lights and sounding horns and sirens.

Richard Hill a local farmer from Hertfordshire organised the fundraiser to support local charity, Garden House Hospice Care:

“A dream of mine has massively come true and I really need to thank everyone who came and got involved. I’m really surprised, I thought we’d have 20-30 tractors and start from there but the support from everyone has been incredible with over 100 tractors taking part! It was amazing to bring Christmas cheer to the towns. There wasn’t one face without a smile.

Please keep supporting and text TRACTOR to 70460 to donate £5.

“I’d like to thank North Herts Council, our sponsors North Herts Farmers and the NFU and all the public who turned out and helped support us.”

North Hertfordshire Councillor and tractor fanatic, Sam Collins supported the event:

“Garden House Hospice Care are a fantastic charity that do a lot of great work in our community supporting hundreds of families each year. They need to raise about £5 million in charitable donations every single year which is why Richard put together this fantastic event and hopefully he will be doing it next year and every year to come to raise even more funds.

“It’s really important that you do donate to that text link, so text the word TRACTOR to 70460 to donate £5 to a really worthwhile cause this Christmas.”

To date, the feel-good fundraiser has raised just over £6,000 for end-of-life care services in North Hertfordshire and beyond.

Carla Pilsworth is Director of Income Generation at Garden House Hospice Care:

“I’ve been working in fundraising for almost 18 years and this was probably the best thing I’ve ever seen. The atmosphere was out of this world and just the lift that everyone needed after a difficult few years. We are currently up to £6,000 in charitable donations for this event. It costs the Hospice £7,500 a day to run our services and it’s incredible that one cold night in December will help us fund the Hospice for a whole day.

“Fundraising has been a real struggle for the last two years and for everyone to come together and support a charity in need at this time really is what community fundraising is all about. We hope we can make this an annual event for the farmers, for local people and local families who need our charitable support 365 days a year.”

If you wish to support the tractor rally, you can leave a donation of your choosing through our website today, or by calling 01462 679540 (option 3) during office hours.




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