A CHRISTMAS convoy of tractors will be blazing a bright trail through south Warwickshire in aid of two charities.
More than 40 tractors and farm vehicles decorated in festive lights will parade through towns and villages on Tuesday (December 13) to raise money for children’s charity Molly Ollys and The Warwickshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs and Warwick.
The Tractor Run will start at 5.30pm from Berkswell and Balsall Rugby Club, taking in Burton Green, Kenilworth, Leek Wootton, Warwick, Leamington, Cubbington and will finish at Stoneleigh.
Funds will come from tractor drivers and passengers paying to join the run as well as collections en route.
Event organiser Issy Mason, from The Warwickshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, said: “It is a great way to bring the general public and young farmers together – a real community spirit.
“It also gives the opportunity for our own Warwickshire Young Farmer members to participate and take pride in decorating their tractor.
“We will be offering prizes for the best dressed tractor – so many will take it very seriously.
“The lights make it a magnificent display of Christmas Magic.
“Molly Ollys is a charity personally very close to my heart after losing my brother to a very rare form of cancer in 2011.”
Warwick-based Molly Ollys was established following the death of Rachel and Tim Ollerenshaw’s eight-year-old daughter Molly from a rare kidney cancer and marks its tenth anniversary this year.
The charity supports children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. It helps with emotional support and donates wishes, therapeutic toys and books to children directly and through hospitals across the UK.
Since Molly Ollys started more than £3million has been raised to emotionally support children across the UK.
Rachel said: “It never ceases to amaze me how creative our supporters get with their fundraising ideas – this is one of the quirkiest and we’re very grateful to the Warwickshire Young Farmers Club for doing this to fundraise for us.
“Your money will make a real difference to the families we support.”
Warwickshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs is a rural youth charity with over 400 members across ten clubs.
It provides industry training, mental health support, social activities and more to young people in rural Warwickshire.
To donate to the Tractor Run visit the Just Giving website and search Warwickshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs and Warwick.