£1 million target in sight for Pink Ladies' South Norfolk Tractor Run
A £1 million target is in sight for the Pink Ladies’ South Norfolk Tractor Run after a record-breaking 2019.
It was announced at the end last week that the 119 drivers who took part in this year’s run raised a stunning £65,000.
It took the total since the run began in 2004 to more than £705,000 – and means that organiser Annie Chapman’s dream of reaching £1 million by the 20th year is achievable.
The money collected by the drivers in sponsorship was topped up by collections along the route and in shops, as well as through an auction of promises at the Pennoyer Centre in Pulham Market.
The run is held in support of breast cancer research, which Mrs Chapman believes is one of the reasons, along with the challenge of taking part and the fun and camaraderie it inspires, for its lasting success.
“Many of the ladies have had their own personal battle with breast cancer, all of them will know someone, maybe a family member, who is struggling with it or has been lost to it,” she said.
“Over the years, I have received many letters and cards from participants telling their own story of why they do this run, some very moving and humbling. Sadly, we have also lost a few of the Pink Ladies.
“It was a long, quite tiring day for many, but the smiles, tears and elation showed on the faces of the women as they grouped together for the traditional group photo at the finish.
“A stunning amount of money has been raised by some of these women, it’s truly amazing. Look out £1 million – here we come.”
The cheque from this year’s run was presented on Friday at the annual get-together for drivers, marshals and partners, by Sarah Tween, one of the regular drivers, to Heidi Connell, of Cancer Research UK, and Helene Dowding, of the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute.