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Tractor run ploughs £2,000 into Oakhaven Hospice

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A YOUNG commoner’s parade of 40 vintage and modern day tractors proved quite the spectacle – and managed to raise over £2,000 for Oakhaven Hospice.

Priestlands School pupil Rowan Cranton (14), from East Boldre, was joined by friends from across the Forest and as far afield as Winchester for the farming showcase, which travelled through Lymington on Sunday.

After organising a smaller event in January, Rowan appealed to young farmers from across the Forest to join the parade and raise funds for the Lower Pennington Lane charity.

More than 40 tractors lined up for charity parade
More than 40 tractors lined up for charity parade

Mum Louise Cranton said: “It was a wonderful day and we were really pleased with how it turned out. People love seeing the tractors, and after the last tractor run Rowan kept being asked if he would arrange another.The weather was perfect and it was really lovely to see so many people coming out to watch the parade and donate to Oakhaven – some even brought out deck chairs and sat on the side of the road.”

A total of 40 vintage and modern vehicles took part, travelling from East Boldre to Lymington passing the Wightlink Ferry terminal. The parade then stopped in Lymington High Street and at Ampress before returning to East Boldre in the early afternoon.

Rowan Cranton organised the parade
Rowan Cranton organised the parade

A total of £2,185 was raised.

Louise added: “Rowan would like to thank all his friends who turned out to take part, the people who came to see the parade and everyone who donated. It was a wonderful day.”

A spokesperson for Oakhaven said: “A huge thank you to Rowan, who at just 14 years old organised a fabulous tractor run through our local streets last weekend.

“A truly wonderful sight which brought smiles to the many who were watching. We are delighted that Rowan has raised £2,185 for us. Thank you to everyone who has so generously donated and thank you Rowan for all your hard work.”

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