A phenomenal fundraiser has smashed all its previous records by topping £11,000
for Saint Catherine’s in a single day.
A day of family fun down on the farm has come tantalisingly close to reaching the £10,000 milestone in the past – but this year it crashed through with £1,000 to spare.
Molly Oakley, one of the organisers, said that this year’s Vintage Working Day and Ploughing Match had been their best ever, raising £11,040.
“We are delighted, absolutely over the moon,” she said. “It was just one of those days when everything came together. The weather was kind and everybody excelled themselves.
“We just want to say a big thank you to everyone who contributed so generously – to people who gave donations for the auction, to people who gave their time on the day, and to everyone who came along to make it such a success.”
The event started 17 years ago as a simple ploughing match but has grown into such a big day out that it has now raised around £40,000 in the last four years alone.
The main organisers are Terry Oakley, of Oakley’s Plant Ltd, and Eddie Brown whose family own land in Mill Lane, Cayton Bay, where the event is held.
Highlights of this year’s event included a vintage tractor road run, a motorbike stunt show, working shire horses, a threshing display, tractor pull, hog roast and pony rides.
Hospice Fundraising Manager Carolyn Jackson praised the organisers for their hard work for Saint Catherine’s.
“Every year they astound us with how much they raise and this year’s total is just phenomenal,” she said.
“We are so pleased that all their hard work paid off and enormously grateful for the huge amount of money they have raised for patient care.”