Northamptonshire tractor road race raised over £2,000 for Marie Curie

A ‘road race’ was recently held in Northamptonshire to raise funds for Marie Curie to thank for the support given to a mother who died of cancer 17 years ago.

Robert Duncombe, who organized the event and raised £2,028.51, said he will “always remember the support provided by the nurses during his mother’s terminal illness”.

Robert said: “Even though I was seven at the time and don’t remember much, I will never forget the nurses with the yellow daffodils on their uniforms.

Robert Duncombe, who organized the event and raised £2,028.51, says he will ‘always remember the support Marie Curie’s nurses gave during her mother’s terminal illness’.

“In addition to the memories of her in her final days, I also remember the invaluable support of the nurses.”

Although Robert couldn’t fully appreciate the work the nurses were doing at the time – at just seven years old – he appreciates the “fantastic job” they did more than ever.

They also supported the whole family, just saying hello with a friendly smile every day.

“These memories have remained etched in my memory and every time I see the Marie Curie brand, I think back to that time,” Robert said. “I wanted to do my part to say thank you.”

The 27 tractors came together on August 1 and started the road race in Helmdon, driving through the surrounding areas and backtracking.

It was then that Robert decided to do something different to raise funds and since he loves tractors he saw this as the best thing to incorporate.

The 27 tractors came together on August 1 and started the road race in Helmdon, driving through the surrounding areas and backtracking.

Upon their return to Helmdon, the village joined those who participated for a raffle, barbecue and drinks.

Vehicles ranged from those made in the 1970s to modern models – which included a Ford 4000, John Deere 6600 and Massey Ferguson 135, to name a few.

Robert admits that the day would not have been possible without the help of many people, in particular Julie Turnham for catering and refreshments, and Nikki Blackwell of NFU Mutual Brackley for her support and donation.

There were also many landowners who allowed the road to pass through their plot and kindly provided food and drink.

The road race will be held again next year, and Robert hopes to pencil in August 27, 2023 soon.

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