Chairman to cross district in charity tractor run

The chairman of Malvern Hills District Council is set to chug across the district in a 53-year-old vintage tractor to raise money for charity.

Cllr Barbara Williams will take part in her Chairman's Charity Tractor Run on Sunday, 13 September in aid of the Midlands Air Ambulance, one of her two chosen charities for her year in office.

The 64-year-old will travel 44 miles across the district on a red 1962 Massey Ferguson 35 tractor. Cllr Williams will set off about 10.30am from Buckbury on the Gloucestershire border and finish about five and a half hours later at Tenbury Wells near Shropshire.

She will be accompanied on the day by her partner Neville Jones and hopes to raise at least £3,000 for the worthy cause. Businesses and individuals have already shown their generosity by donating almost £1,000.

Cllr Williams said: "I'm full of admiration for the brave paramedics and pilots of the Midlands Air Ambulance. I have known people who have had to call on the service in the past and seen first hand how vital it can be.

"Every time they fly out on a mission it costs £2,500 and they have to fund the whole service through public donations alone so I just wanted to do something a bit different to raise as much money as I can to support their work. My partner collects vintage tractors and I thought ‘if you can't beat them join them' so I bought one of my own which spent its working life on a farm in Aberystwyth, has been restored and I'll be using on the day.

"It will also give me a chance to see more of the district and I hope as many people as possible will come out and support me and donate to this very worthwhile cause."

Cllr Williams is not a stranger to fund-raising feats with her previous adventures in aid of charity involving travelling from Britain to Spain in a vintage car and trekking through China.

Michelle McCracken, Worcestershire fundraising manager for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, said: "Each air ambulance mission costs the charity approximately £2,500, so events such as the Chairman's Charity Tractor Run will not only help us raise awareness of our charity but money raised will help directly fund life saving missions in our area. Without such events, we simply wouldn't be able to offer our emergency pre-hospital service to the most severely ill and injured people across the Midlands, so we are extremely grateful for the support."

People can donate by visiting or visit Cllr Williams on the day at one of the stop off points below and donate in person.

The route (please note all times are approximate)

10.30am set off from Hunters Inn, Buckbury

11am Arrive at Upton upon Severn, then on to Hanley Castle, Hanley Swan and past the Three Counties Showground

11.40am Pass through Belle Vue Terrace, Malvern Town Centre

11.50am Arrive at The Swan Inn at Newland

12.15pm Leave The Swan Inn and travel through Brandsford and Broadheath Common

1pm Stop at The Dew Drop Inn, Lower Broadheath

1.30pm Leave The Dew Drop Inn

2pm Arrive at The Crown at Martley

2.15pm Leave The Crown

2.30pm Arrive at The New Inn at Clifton upon Teme

2.45pm Leave The New Inn

3.15pm Arrive at The Tally Ho Inn at Hanley Broadheath

3.30pm Leave The Tally Ho Inn

4pm Cross the finish line at The Fountain Inn in Tenbury Wells