Easton and Otley student raises £3,230 for charity

22 January 2019

A charity tractor run has raised enough money to fund a mental health first aid course to help people involved in Norfolk’s farming and rural industries.

More than 170 tractors – with a combined estimated value of around £10m – joined in the popular Boxing Day event which took a 22-mile route around country lanes.

This year’s event was the first to be run by Gavin Stammers alongside his 16-year-old son Jack, a student at Easton and Otley College and a member of Wymondham Young Farmers’ Club.

The event has raised almost £40,000 for charities since it was launched in 2004 – but this year’s total of £3,230 will be donated to Norfolk-based charity YANA (You Are Not Alone) which offers support for people in countryside communities who may be affected by stress and depression.

Mr Stammers thanked the 250 people who took part in the event, and the many spectators who lined the country lanes to show their support and donate money to a cause which he said was particularly relevant to the farming community.

“Farming can be a lonely business,” he said. “With these first aid courses, if the charity can educate people to understand mental health at the early stages it is going to save a lot of deaths and illnesses – so what this money is going top pay fort is absolutely fantastic.”

Article written by and published in the EDP.