A CHARITY tractor run, now in its 15th year, is hoping to push its total amount raised for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance to more than £100,000 this year.

The Beadlam Charity Tractor Run 2017 will take place on April 30 starting, as usual, from Beadlam Grange Farm.

This event came from humble beginnings in 2003 with 35 tractors. It was planned by Bernard Simpson, from Beadlam, together with his team of willing helpers, as a “one-off” to raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

This first run raised £1,700, and was such a success that the event was then scheduled for the second year - which saw the funds raised more than doubling.

One of the organisers, Malcolm Simpson, said: “And on it went, growing in popularity to become firmly established as one of the biggest annual tractor runs in the country.

“As the 15th run approaches, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance is still the chosen charity and to date has benefited from a fantastic total of £92,686.85.

“Now more than 200 tractor drivers regularly come from far and wide to enjoy this feast of rural entertainment, completing a 50-mile round trip, including some off-road highlights and a hearty lunch.

“For the first time in the history of this event a target has been set and it would be such an achievement if this year’s run could push the grand total to £100,000 and help such a worthwhile local charity.”

To help reach their target, a JustGiving page has been set up for anyone who would like to donate. It can be found at justgiving.com/bctrun.

For more information, go to beadlamtractor.co.uk or phone Bernard Simpson on 01439 771668, Malcolm Simpson on 01751 432645 or email bctrun@yahoo.co.uk.