10k cash raised in vintage style

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A LOVINGLY restored vintage Ferguson TE20 tractor, which was a popular feature at rallies throughout the country all last summer, has been raffled to raise more than £10,000 for leading medical charity Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland.

The cheque presentation took place in Brechin on Friday , February 4, is the culmination of an extraordinary fund-raising project which has been a labour of love for a group of Angus and Aberdeenshire tractor enthusiasts including Alex Duncan and his son Derek.

The group had already invested considerable time and money in the tractor restoration project when Alex sadly passed away from a heart condition after a history of stroke illness.

It was unanimously agreed that the tractor raffle should be held in aid of CHSS so that other people affected by stroke and heart illness could benefit.

Accepting the cheque on behalf of CHSS, senior regional fund-raising manager Paul Corrigan said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be the beneficiary of this wonderful fundraising project.

“As well as raising a phenomenal amount of money for us, the tractor has been a focal point of awareness raising all last year on behalf of our work for people with chest, heart or stroke illness and their families.

“Our sincere thanks go to all members of the heritage group and to all the volunteers and local suppliers who supported the restoration project with donations of time, cash and equipment. It’s been a really inspirational project.”

Local man, John Adamson, one of the members of FOFH (Friends of Ferguson Heritage), who helped lovingly restore the tractor to its former glory, said the group who included a number of local people, had been delighted with the response they had received from various communities throughout the north east in their fund-raising efforts.

John said: “The fund-raising effort says us transport the tractor around the country to various local shows. We were at Castle Fraser, Fettercairn, Angus, Deeside, Scone, Kirriemuir and Glamis and were selling raffle tickets, as well as those the members sold of their own backs.

“That, along with some generous donations from local companies, saw around £3000 spent on bringing the Ferguson back to something approaching its former glory. For people that don’t recognise the name Ferguson, it is basically the same firm as Massey Ferguson, but Massey only came along a few years later! The parts we got were basically all readily available, but we did also have generous backing from a number of local firms. One of these was Duncan McIntosh, who as well as showing the tractor of in his showroom, when we weren’t busy hauling it around Scotland to various shows, also supplied us with a trailer to transport it on.

“Alex’s workshop at Plantingside, Edzell, was used to carry out work on the tractor and all the group were very keen to ensure we made as big an effort as possible from the raffle and associated fund-raising in his memory. The draw for the tractor took place last December (27) and was won by Ian Stewart of Hillside.”

CHSS provides a range of local services throughout the country for people with chest, heart or stroke illness and their families. In the Highlands, as well as stroke support groups there are outreach services, Stroke Nurses and an Advice Line where confidential advice and information for patients and carers can be obtained for the price of a local call (Tel: 0845 077 6000). There is also a website where useful links can be found and publications and videos downloaded at www.chss.org.uk