Tractors light up the streets in aid of hospice

Tractors lit up with Christmas lights went through Letchworth in aid of Garden House Hospice

Tractors lit up with Christmas lights went through Letchworth in aid of Garden House Hospice - Credit: Verity Houghton

A Christmassy tractor tour through North Herts town centres has raised thousands for Garden House Hospice Care.

Around 100 tractors bedecked in Christmas lights proceeded through the streets of Baldock, Hitchin and Letchworth on Saturday.

The charity tractor tour heading through Letchworth

The charity tractor tour heading through Letchworth - Credit: Karyn Haddon

Organiser Richard Hill said: "It was absolutely amazing the amount of people who turned out.

"The vehicles that turned up were unreal. The hospice said they had never been involved with an event as big as that."

The tractor tour through North Herts in aid of Garden House Hospice

The tractor tour through North Herts in aid of Garden House Hospice - Credit: Garden House Hospice


After the procession the tractors lined up to be judged for the best decorations - with North Herts Cllr Sam Collins declaring Gosmore's Maydencroft tractor as the winner.

The tractor tour making its way through Baldock

The tractor tour making its way through Baldock - Credit: Karyn Haddon

The money is still being counted, with thousands raised so far for the hospice.

The tractor tour gathered at Portmill in Hitchin

The tractor tour gathered at Portmill in Hitchin - Credit: Garden House Hospice

Richard said: "I want to thank North Herts Council, Ringway and everyone that helped, including all the marshals, and thank you to Sam Collins."

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Carla Pilsworth, director of income generation at Garden House Hospice Care, said: “I’ve been working in fundraising for almost 18 years and this was probably the best thing I’ve ever seen.

"The atmosphere was out of this world and just the lift that everyone needed after a difficult few years. We are currently up to £6,000 in charitable donations for this event.

"It costs the hospice £7,500 a day to run our services and it’s incredible that one cold night in December will help us fund the hospice for a whole day.

“Fundraising has been a real struggle for the last two years and for everyone to come together and support a charity in need at this time really is what community fundraising is all about.

"We hope we can make this an annual event for the farmers, for local people and local families who need our charitable support 365 days a year.”

To donate £5 you can still text 'tractor' to 70460.

The tractor tour heading through Letchworth

The tractor tour heading through Letchworth - Credit: Verity Houghton

The tractor tour heading through Letchworth

The tractor tour heading through Letchworth - Credit: Verity Houghton

The tractor tour heading through Letchworth

The tractor tour heading through Letchworth - Credit: Verity Houghton

The tractor tour heading through Letchworth

The tractor tour heading through Letchworth - Credit: Verity Houghton

Tractors lit up with Christmas lights went through Baldock, Hitchin and Letchworth in aid of Garden House Hospice

Tractors lit up with Christmas lights went through Baldock, Hitchin and Letchworth in aid of Garden House Hospice - Credit: Karyn Haddon

Tractors lit up with Christmas lights went through Baldock, Hitchin and Letchworth in aid of Garden House Hospice

Tractors lit up with Christmas lights went through Baldock, Hitchin and Letchworth in aid of Garden House Hospice - Credit: Karyn Haddon

Tractors lit up with Christmas lights went through Baldock, Hitchin and Letchworth in aid of Garden House Hospice

Tractors lit up with Christmas lights went through Baldock, Hitchin and Letchworth in aid of Garden House Hospice - Credit: Karyn Haddon

The tractor tour making its way through Baldock

The tractor tour making its way through Baldock - Credit: Karyn Haddon

The tractor tour making its way through Baldock

The tractor tour making its way through Baldock - Credit: Karyn Haddon

The tractor tour making its way through Baldock

The tractor tour making its way through Baldock - Credit: Karyn Haddon

The tractor tour making its way through Baldock

The tractor tour making its way through Baldock - Credit: Karyn Haddon

The charity tractor tour heading through Letchworth

The charity tractor tour heading through Letchworth - Credit: Karyn Haddon


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