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Chairman’s tractor run pulls in thousands for charity

Crossing the district in a 53-year-old vintage tractor has pulled in thousands of pounds for the Midlands Air Ambulance.

Cllr Barbara Williams, Chairman of Malvern Hills District Council, completed the 44 mile journey on Sunday (13 September) as part of the fund-raising event for one of her two chosen charities.

Jack Hegarty, Chief Executive of Malvern Hills District Council, Cllr Ian Hopwood, Chairman of Worcestershire County Council, and Cllr Bronwen Behan set Cllr Williams on her way from The Hunters Inn in Buckbury at 10.30am.

The 64-year-old then spent the next five and a half hours travelling the district on her red 1962 Massey Ferguson 35 tractor, stopping off at various points along the way to collect money for the cause.

Staff at The Dew Drop Inn, in Lower Broadheath, surprised the team with lunch to help refuel Cllr Williams and her helpers for the rest of the journey.

The challenge ended at The Fountain Inn in Tenbury Wells where council leader Phil Grove was there to wave the chequered flag supported by other councillors and Mayor of Tenbury Cllr Mark Willis.

On the day £800 was collected thanks to generous donations from the public and with more than £1,000 already donated online and more money still to come in, Cllr Williams is confident of reaching her £3,000 fundraising target.

Cllr Williams said: "I'm overwhelmed by the generosity of the public. There was one woman who was stood at the side of the road and handed me an envelope with £20 in which was wonderful. A big thank you to everyone who has helped to make this event such a success.

"It costs £2,500 every time the Air Ambulance is called out so this money will make a real difference to someone in need."

People can still donate to the fund by visiting www.justgiving.com/chairmantractorrun/