Roydon ploughing day boosts air ambulance
A charity ploughing match held on a West Norfolk farm at the weekend raised more than £1,300 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
Dozens of competitors took part in the event at Roydon Hall Farms on Sunday, which came of the eve of the launch of a new fundraising appeal to enable the charity to run a 24 hour service.
The event was the third of its kind to be staged at the farm.
Organiser Emma Pickering said: “We know people who have needed the air ambulance in the past and who could be in need of it in the future.
“If someone working on the land has an accident, the air ambulance is what would save them.
“I would like to thank everyone who attended and Roydon Hall Farm for accommodating us.”
A total of 68 competitors and their tractors took part in the event, held under unusually warm February sunshine, and in front of more than 100 spectators.
A score of tractors were put to work, from vintage mounted to horticultural, with a winner in each class.
Mrs Pickering said visitors had “marvelled” at the range of vehicles on show.
The overall winner of the competition was Shaun Garrod, who was the overall winner of the competition and the winner of his class for vintage trails.
In addition to the farming fun, a raffle was held, with lots of generous prize donations form local companies such as DoubleDays, Kings Lynn Nut and Bolt and A-Care Sprayers of Wells.
A total of £1,345.38 was raised during the event, which will help raise an extra £1 million a year towards the charity’s new appeal to run services round the clock.