Duo’s sweet idea in Pulham Market in bid to ‘beet’ cancer sooner

Andrew Littlewood and Wayne Galey are holding a 24-hour sugar beet harvesting marathon to raise money for Cancer Research UK. ''Pictured: Andrew Littlewood with son Matt who will be helping out ANL-150923-172525009
Andrew Littlewood and Wayne Galey are holding a 24-hour sugar beet harvesting marathon to raise money for Cancer Research UK. ''Pictured: Andrew Littlewood with son Matt who will be helping out ANL-150923-172525009

A pair of friends have come up with a ‘sweet’ charity idea to raise funds — a 24 hour non-stop sugar beet harvesting challenge in Pulham Market this weekend.

Set to take place at Bush Green Farm from 4pm Saturday to 4pm on Sunday, Andrew Littlewood, of Pulham St Mary, and Wayne Galey, of Buxton, near Aylsham, are raising funds for Cancer Research UK.

So far they have generated more than £1,500 worth of sponsorship.

Brand new equipment to the tune of £250,000 is being supplied for the duo to take on their harvesting marathon. A host of companies and suppliers including Ben Burgess, TNS, Kverneland, Agrifac, P Tuckwell, Watson and NFU Mutual have supported the pair’s fundraising effort.

Mr Littlewood, an agricultural engineer, said the inspiration to carry out the challenge came after Mr Galey was involved in a similar event nearly five years ago.

“There are quite a few events like this involving ploughing and drilling, but we thought, why not add a twist to it?,” he said.

“We are going to lift the sugar beet, plough and drill straight behind as well.

“As long we keep going and the machinery keeps going, it will be absolutely fine.

“The biggest worry we have got at the minute is the weather.

“If we keep having the rain we keep having, it is not going to be very pleasant.

“In total, we have about 90 acres to go at.

“I haven’t really done anything like this before.”

Mr Littlewood added members of his and Mr Galey’s family had been affected by cancer, saying the disease “touches everybody”.

“It’s quite amazing really, doing something like this, how much everybody wants to pull together.

“It just touches everybody, at the end of the day.

“If you have not got cancer yourself, you know somebody who has got it unfortunately.

“If we can save somebody or help somebody, that will all be well and good.”

Visitors are welcome to attend their charity challenge, while light refreshments will also be available.

To sponsor their fundraising effort, visit www.justgiving.com/andrew-littlewood2015

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